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Quotations From HANNAH ARENDT

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  • 1.
    Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Thinking," pt. 3, ch. 16, The Life of the Mind (1978).

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  • 2.
    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.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Lying in Politics," Crises of the Republic (1972).

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  • 3.
    Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to to the core.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. On Revolution, ch. 2, pt. 5 (1970).

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  • 4.
    The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. New Yorker (Sept. 12, 1970) (1970).
  • 5.
    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.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. On Revolution, introduction (1963).

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  • 6.
    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.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence," sct. 1, Crises of the Republic (1972). "But," Arendt added, "it would be naïve to expect this to change the nature of modern science or hinder the war effort, naïve also to deny that the resulting limitation might well lead to a lowering of university standards."

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  • 7.
    It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Eichmann in Jerusalem, epilogue (1963).

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  • 8.
    It is quite gratifying to feel guilty if you haven't done anything wrong: how noble! Whereas it is rather hard and certainly depressing to admit guilt and to repent.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-75), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Eichmann in Jerusalem, ch. 15 (1963).

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  • 9.
    Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born-U.S. political philosopher. On Revolution, ch. 6 (1963).

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  • 10.
    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 (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence," Crises of the Republic (1972).

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