Ralph Ellison

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Juneteenth (Revised)
Juneteenth (Revised)
Fiction
416 Pages
Juneteenth
Juneteenth
Fiction, Audiobooks
400 Pages
Juneteenth
Juneteenth
Fiction
400 Pages
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison
Non-Fiction, Arts & Entertainment Biographies & Memoirs
1072 Pages
Three Days Before the Shooting . . .
Three Days Before the Shooting . . .
Fiction, Literary Fiction
1136 Pages
The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison
The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison
Non-Fiction, Literary Collections
912 Pages

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    “I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself.”
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    “Play the game, but don’t believe in it – that much you owe yourself … Play the game, but raise the ante, my boy. Learn how it operates, learn how you operate.”
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    “Whence all this passion towards conformity anyway? Diversity is the word. Let man keep his many parts and you will have no tyrant states. Why, if they follow this conformity business, they'll end up by forcing me, an invisible man, to become white, which is not a color but the lack of one. Must I strive towards colorlessness? But seriously and without snobbery, think of what the world would lose if that should happen. America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain.”
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    “Everywhere I've turned somebody has wanted to sacrifice me for my own good—only /they/ were the ones who benefited. And now we start on the old sacrificial merry-go-round. At what point do we stop?”
    #sacrifice
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    “They could laugh at him but they couldn't ignore him”
    #inspirational
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