A Quote by Ralph Ellison on american, people, culture, melting pot, sewn, individualism, compassion, life, freedom, humanity, race, and destiny

America is woven of many strands; I would recognize them and let it so remain. It's 'winner take nothing' that is the great truth of our country or of any country. Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Our fate is to become one, and yet many -- This in not prophecy, but description.

Ralph Ellison (1914 - 1994)

Source: Invisible Man

Contributed by: Stephanie