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    So long as the New Testament served to decipher the Old, it was taken as an absolute norm.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    Testimony gives something to be interpreted.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    Beyond the desert of criticism, we wish to be called again.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: criticism  wishes 
     
    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
    tags: decision  god  bible  philosophy  path 
     
    Although there has always been a hermeneutic problem in Christianity, the hermeneutic question today seems to us a new one.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: wisdom  literature 
     
    The spectacle is at the same time the mirage of self in the mirror of things.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: time  self 
     
    Testimony demands to be interpreted because of the dialectic of meaning and event that traverses it
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: meaning 
     
    The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: logic 
     
    Living is already having been born, in a condition we have not chosen, a situation in which we find ourselves, a quarter of the universe in which we may feel we have been thrown and are wandering, lost. And yet it is against this background that we can begin, that is to say, give a new course to things.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: living  lost  universe 
     
    To put it in a few words, the true malice of man appears only in the state and in the church, as institutions of gathering together, of recapitulation, of totalization.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: men  true  church 
     
    The moral law commands us to make the highest possible good in a world the final object of all our conduct.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: world  law  morals 
     
    Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: identity 
     
    We are not capable of producing a concept of time that is at once cosmological, biological, historical and individual
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: time  historical 
     
    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
    tags: meaning  language 
     
    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
    If the Resurrection is resurrection from the dead, all hope and freedom are in spite of death.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: death  freedom  hope 
     
    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
    tags: true 
     
    I find myself only by losing myself.
    — 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
    tags: men 
     
    If you want to change people's obedience then you must change their imagination.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: imagination 
     
    There was a wise old owl who sat in a treeThe less he spoke the more he heardThe more he heard the less he spokeWhy can't we be like that wise old owl in the tree?Speech must die to serve that which is spoken.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: die  wise 
     
    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
    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
    tags: time  world  questions 
     
    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
    This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job, the best example of wisdom.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: meaning  job  wisdom  book  example 
     
    But myth is something else than an explanation of the world, of history, and of destiny.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: world 
     
    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
    This atheism concerning the gods of men pertains hereafter to any possible faith
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: men  atheism  god  faith 
     
    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
    tags: death  living  hope 
     
    The dictionary contains no metaphors.
    — Paul Ricoeur
    tags: metaphor 
     
    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
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