"The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."Ralph Ellison on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."Ralph Ellison on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."Ralph Ellison on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."Ralph Ellison on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."Ralph Ellison on William Shakespeare
"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."
"Education is all a matter of building bridges."
"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."