Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

German-born American political theorist

Lived from: 1906-1975

Quotes: Hannah Arendt

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    The ceaseless, senseless demand for original scholarship in a number of fields, where only erudition is now possible, has led either to sheer irrelevancy, the famous knowing of more and more about less and less, or to the development of a pseudo-scholarship which actually destroys its object.
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    The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the last decade.
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    The human condition is such that pain and effort are not just symptoms which can be removed without changing life itself; they are the modes in which life itself, together with the necessity to which it is bound, makes itself felt. For mortals, the ''easy life of the gods'' would be a lifeless life.
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    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.
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    The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
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    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.
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    The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
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    To be sure, nothing is more important to the integrity of the universities than a rigorously enforced divorce from war-oriented research and all connected enterprises.
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    Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
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    Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.
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    We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.
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    What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations... is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts.
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    Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.
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    The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.