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Quotations From HANNAH ARENDT

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  • 21.
    These are the fifties, you know. The disgusting, posturing fifties.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Quoted in Frederic Prokosch, Voices: A Memoir, "The Monster," (1983). Said to author and poet Prokosch.
  • 22.
    The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence," sct. 1, Crises of the Republic (1970). Referring to the student rebellions in the 1960s.
  • 23.
    Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical human forces.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Human Condition, pt. 5, ch. 33 (1958).

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  • 24.
    Poetry, whose material is language, is perhaps the most human and least worldly of the arts, the one in which the end product remains closest to the thought that inspired it.... Of all things of thought, poetry is the closest to thought, and a poem is less a thing than any other work of art ...
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher. The Human Condition, ch. 23 (1958).

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  • 25.
    ... the space left to freedom is very small. ... ends are inherent in human nature and the same for all.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. The Life of the Mind, vol. 2: Willing, ch. 7 (1978).

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  • 26.
    It is my contention that civil disobedients are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Civil Disobedience," Crises of the Republic (1972).
  • 27.
    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.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Civil Disobedience," Crises of the Republic (1972).

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  • 28.
    Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Civil Disobedience," Crises of the Republic (1972).

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  • 29.
    Education is the point at which we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, not to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new—but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.
    Hannah Arendt (20th century), U.S. political philosopher. Between Past and Future, ch. 5 (1961).

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  • 30.
    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 (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Action," ch. 33, footnote, The Human Condition (1958).

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