Quotes by: Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt
Mural of Hannah Arendt in Hanover, by graffitos BeneR1 and koarts, based on a photograph by Käthe Fürst
Born (1906-10-14)14 October 1906
Linden, Prussian Hanover, German Empire
(present-day Hanover, Germany)
Died 4 December 1975(1975-12-04) (aged 69)
New York City, United States
Nationality
German (until 1937) Stateless United States (from 1951)
Alma mater
University of Marburg University of Heidelberg
(PhD, 1929)
Website www.hannaharendtcenter.org
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School
Continental philosophy Existential phenomenology[1] Philosophy of life[2] Republicanism
Main interests
Political theory, modernity, philosophy of history
Notable ideas
Homo faber, animal laborans the labor–work distinction the banality of evil distinction between vita activa and vita contemplativa; praxis as the highest level of the vita activa[3] auctoritas, natality[4]

Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one.
Hannah Arendt
Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.
Hannah Arendt
The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.
Hannah Arendt
The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it.
Hannah Arendt
The more dubious and uncertain an instrument violence has become in international relations, the more it has gained in reputation and appeal in domestic affairs, specifically in the matter of revolution.
Hannah Arendt
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
Hannah Arendt
Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
Hannah Arendt
Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.
Hannah Arendt
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
Hannah Arendt
The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
Hannah Arendt
To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
Hannah Arendt
In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.
Hannah Arendt
We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.
Hannah Arendt
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
Hannah Arendt
Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity.
Hannah Arendt
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Hannah Arendt
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