Happy birthday, Ralph Ellison! The legendary author would have turned 100 today.
Ellison may have never even entered the literary world, as he originally studied music and sculpture. However, he was drawn to prose as Richard Wright's protege.
The Oklahoma City native spent seven years writing his most notable novel that gained him a place among other respected American authors, "The Invisible Man."
Although the classic is hailed as one of the central texts detailing the African American experience, the author's words also tell a story of the American experience.
In honor of the iconic novelist, we've compiled some of the author's most profound quotes. Take a look and share your thoughts in the comments section below.