As we attempt to analyze dialogue as a human phenomenon, we discover something which is the essence of dialogue itself: the word. But the word is more than just an instrument which makes dialogue possible; accordingly, we must seek its constitutive elements. Within the word we find two dimensions, reflection and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed–even in part–the other immediately suffers. There is no true word that is not at the same time a praxis. Thus, to speak a true word is to transform the world.
translated by Myra Bergman Ramos
4 thoughts on “Paulo Freire quote”
the last sentence was very powerful.
I also agree – a true word can do wonders, can bring down kingdoms, mark the start of an era !
Glad you agree.
I saw him once in the 90s. What a treat to be with a master of education. The room had 300 or more in attendance and it felt like it was just the two of us having a conversation, sharing stories.
Must have been a wonderful experience.