"By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication."
"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."Ralph Ellison on Mark Twain
"Truthful words are not beautiful beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive persuasive words are not good."Ralph Ellison on Lao Tzu
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."Ralph Ellison on George Bernard Shaw
"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."Ralph Ellison on Charles Dickens
"I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."Ralph Ellison on Bill Gates
"Education is all a matter of building bridges."
"The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life."
"Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values."