Nº. 1 of  1

A Poet Reflects

Posts tagged Invisible Man:

“Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are.”

—Ralph Ellison, from Invisible Man (Random House, 1952)


“It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. 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. But first I had to discover that I am an invisible man!”
—Ralph Ellison, from Invisible Man (Random House, 1952)

“It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. 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. But first I had to discover that I am an invisible man!”

—Ralph Ellison, from Invisible Man (Random House, 1952)


"To lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are."

—Protagonist in Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man (Random House, 1952)

“What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?”
—Ralph Ellison, from Invisible Man

“What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?”

—Ralph Ellison, from Invisible Man