Gabriel Marcel Quotes

Gabriel Honoré Marcel (French: [?a.b?i.j?l ?.n?.?e ma?.s?l]; 7 December 1889 – 8 October 1973) was a French philosopher, playwright, music critic and leading Christian existentialist. The author of over a dozen books and at least thirty plays, Marcel's work focused on the modern individual's struggle in a technologically dehumanizing society. Though often regarded as the first French existentialist, he dissociated himself from figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, preferring the term 'Philosophy of Existence' or "neo-Socrateanism" to define his own thought. The Mystery of Being is a well-known two-volume work authored by Marcel.

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Gabriel Marcel


The dynamic element in my philosophy, taken as a whole, can be seen as an obstinate and untiring battle against the spirit of abstraction.

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Contemporary thinkers would say that man is continuously transcending himself.

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Metaphysics is a science.

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But however measurable, there is much more life in music than mathematics or logic ever dreamed of.

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The striking thing about the Precious Blood is the bond it establishes between love and suffering in our experience, a bond that has become so close that we have come to think of suffering accepted with joy as the most authentic sign of love with any depth at all.

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This detachment (poverty, chastity, etc.) must not be mere amputation; everything which is shaken off must be simultaneously found again at a higher level.

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A mystery is a problem that encroaches upon itself because the questioner becomes the object of the question. Getting to Mars is a problem. Falling in love is a mystery.

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Music at times is more like perfume than mathematics.

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It is right that we be concerned with the scientific probity of metaphysics.

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Being and having in our society teaches us how to take possession of things, when it should rather initiate us in the art of letting go. For there is neither freedom nor real life without an apprenticeship in letting go.

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Hope consists in asserting that there is at the heart of being, beyond all data, beyond all inventories and all calculations, a mysterious principle which is in connivance with me

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On a grassroots level we say that man can touch more than he can grasp.

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The wise man knows how to run his life so that contemplation is possible.

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But a science is exact to the extent that its method measures up to and is adequate to its object.

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Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them.

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