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Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement,
by Paul Ricoeur

Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement,
in the dialectic between order and disorder.
- Paul Ricoeur

The text is a limited field of possible constructions.
- Paul Ricoeur

Testimony should be a philosophical problem and not
limited to legal or historical contexts where it refers
to the account of a witness who reports what he has seen.
- Paul Ricoeur

But myth is something else than an explanation of the world,
of history, and of destiny.
- Paul Ricoeur

 

On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant,
yet this brief period when we appear in the world is
the time in which all meaningful questions arise.
- Paul Ricoeur

Testimony gives something to be interpreted.
- Paul Ricoeur

Testimony demands to be interpreted because of the
dialectic of meaning and event that traverses it.
- Paul Ricoeur

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There has always been a hermeneutic problem in Christianity
because Christianity proceeds from a proclamation.
- Paul Ricoeur

Although there has always been a hermeneutic problem in Christianity,
the hermeneutic question today seems to us a new one.
- Paul Ricoeur

This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job,
the best example of wisdom.
- Paul Ricoeur

Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.
- Paul Ricoeur

So long as the New Testament served to decipher the Old,
it was taken as an absolute norm.
- Paul Ricoeur

The Law is one aspect of a much more concrete and encompassing
relation than the relation between commanding and obeying
that characterizes the imperative.
- Paul Ricoeur

The moral law commands us to make the highest possible
good in a world the final object of all our conduct.
- Paul Ricoeur

Man is this plural and collective unity in which the
unity of destination and the differences of destinies
are to be understood through each other.
- Paul Ricoeur

First, it is not unimportant that the legislative texts
of the Old Testament are placed in the mouth of Moses
and within the narrative framework of the sojourn at Sinai.
- Paul Ricoeur

If it is true that there is always more than one way of construing a text,
it is not true that all interpretations are equal.
- Paul Ricoeur

Ordinary language carries with it conditions of meaning
which it is easy to recognize by classifying the contexts
in which the expression is employed in a meaningful manner.
- Paul Ricoeur

If the Resurrection is resurrection from the dead,
all hope and freedom are in spite of death.
- Paul Ricoeur

Hope, insofar as it is hope of resurrection,
is the living contradiction of what it proceeds from
and what is placed under the sign of the Cross and death.
- Paul Ricoeur

What must be the nature of the world...
if human beings are able to introduce changes into it?
- Paul Ricoeur

There is no shorter path for joining a neutral existential anthropology,
according to philosophy, with the existential decision before God,
according to the Bible.
- Paul Ricoeur

The logic of validation allows us to move between the
two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
- Paul Ricoeur

The narrative constructs the identity of the character,
what can be called his or her narrative identity,
in constructing that of the story told.
It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character.
- Paul Ricoeur

Myth expresses in terms of the world -
that is,
of the other world or the second world -
the understanding that man has of himself in relation
to the foundation and the limit of his existence.
- Paul Ricoeur

It is always possible to argue against an interpretation,
to confront interpretations, to arbitrate between them
and to seek for an agreement,
even if this agreement remains beyond our reach.
- Paul Ricoeur

For my own part, I abandon the ethics of duty to the
Hegelian critique with no regrets;
it would appear to me,
indeed, to have been correctly characterized by Hegel as an abstract thought,
as a thought of understanding.
- Paul Ricoeur

Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film,
or at least in narrative feature films.
- Carter Burwell

I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium.
- Brian Eno

I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right.
- Ajay Naidu

What gets left out is the narrative between the bullets,
which would tell us who's going to do what and how
we're going to achieve the generic goals on the list.
- Edward Tufte

All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which,
in turn, can become history.
It's scary.
- Barbara Kruger

Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth
as well as height and is solid.
- Thomas Carlyle

I'm Godless.
I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking.
- Darren Aronofsky

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

True terror is a language and a vision.
There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts,
and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways
that writers used to aspire to.
- Don DeLillo

I prefer to bring these to the service of story rather
than to let them replace narrative.
- James Gunn

I wanted to hold onto and exploit the power of narrative.
This is not only a book about a great storyteller,
but there have to be stories about the storyteller.
- Stephen Greenblatt

The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.
- Sol LeWitt

People need a sacred narrative.
They must have a sense of larger purpose,
in one form or another, however intellectualized.
They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.
- E. O. Wilson

It's probably why I'm a short story writer.
I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form,
in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time.
- Tobias Wolff

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's
always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov

I hear music as narrative.
- Ajay Naidu

And I sense it was a rather constructed,
almost half narrative fiction film in some ways.
A lot of it was staged and manipulated to get those
things in there that I knew to be strong.
- Terry Zwigoff

First person narrative is a very effective tool but
you have to know as a writer how to make it work.
- James McBride

Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust,
has produced great works of poetry.
- Eugenio Montale

The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end,
it never has to.
- Robert Creeley

National Standards was not a narrative of past events
but was leftwing revisionism and Political Correctness.
- Phyllis Schlafly

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction;
there's only narrative.
- E. L. Doctorow

I used my instincts.
It's very easy to imagine how you'd feel,
actually.
I just had to tell the narrative.
- Christopher Eccleston

The lyrics are different from Nick Cave songs and lyrics.
His songs are very narrative.
- Stephen Malkmus

We construct a narrative for ourselves,
and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next.
People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.
- Paul Auster

Most religions live from a narrative that shapes their
relationship with the divine other,
God or the gods, and with the human other,
the stranger.
- Timothy Radcliffe

Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong
sense of narrative drive.
- Helen Dunmore

An epic is not made by piecing together a set of heroic lays,
adjusting their discrepancies and making them into a continuous narrative.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
- Bruce Springsteen

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century,
but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.
- Robert Morgan

My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible.
- George Armstrong Custer

Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking.
- Griffin Dunne

I write short, my words tight to the thread of the narrative.
- Carmen Laforet

It's actually pretty complex, because there's two levels
of reality in the narrative.
One is what really took place, and the other is Spider's
poisoned version of what took place.
- Gabriel Byrne

The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
- Scott Turow

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is
made more by the readers than by writers.
Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
- Robert Morgan

Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability,
or your ability to put into words or use what someone
else has put into words effectively,
is important too.
- Howard Gardner

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
- Lord Chesterfield

The narrative impulse is always with us;
we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
- Robert Coover

I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.
- Sidney Sheldon

When I wrote The Virgin Suicides, I gave myself very
strict rules about the narrative voice:
the boys would only be able to report what they had
seen or found or what had been told to them.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view,
but for this book I wanted a structure whereby each
of the main characters contributed a distinctive version of the story.
- Penelope Lively

The journey and excursions in Mexico which have originated
the narrative and remarks contained in this volume
were made in the months of March,
April, May, and June of 1856, for the most part on horseback.
- Edward Burnett Tylor


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