"Education is all a matter of building bridges."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Ralph Ellison on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Ralph Ellison on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Ralph Ellison on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."Ralph Ellison on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."Ralph Ellison on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."