Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which, because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What will happen once the authentic mass man takes over, we do not know yet, although it may be a fair guess that he will have more in common with the meticulous, calculated correctness of Himmler than with the hysterical fanaticism of Hitler, will more resemble the stubborn dullness of Molotov than the sensual vindictive cruelty of Stalin.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freedom from labor itself is not new; it once belonged among the most firmly established privileges of the few. In this instance, it seems as though scientific progress and technical developments had been only taken advantage of to achieve something about which all former ages dreamed but which none had been able to realize.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate, and where no opportunity for the forming of opinions exists, there may be moods --moods of the masses and moods of individuals, the latter no less fickle and unreliable than the former --but no opinion.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Predictions of the future are never anything but projections of present automatic processes and procedures, that is, of occurrences that are likely to come to pass if men do not act and if nothing unexpected happens; every action, for better or worse, and every accident necessarily destroys the whole pattern in whose frame the prediction moves and where it finds its evidence.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses.More Hannah Arendt [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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