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Paul Ricoeur Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Testimony gives something to be interpreted.
- Paul Ricoeur

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

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

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

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

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

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed) PHOTO

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The man who is successful is the man who is useful.
- Bourke Cockran

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

If a man can... make a better mousetrap,
the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

I submit to you that if a man hasn't
discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

A man can do only what he can do.
But if he does that each day he can sleep at night
and do it again the next day.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Intent is what can make a man succeed
when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated.
- Carlos Castaneda

Before you criticize a man,
walk a mile in his shoes.
- Anonymous


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