Quotations From HANNAH ARENDT


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  • ... the word "education" has an evil sound in politics; there is a pretense of education,
    when the real purpose is coercion without the use of force.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. Between Past and Future, ch. 5 (1961).

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  • The fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Eichmann in Jerusalem, ch. 15 (1963).

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  • The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence," sct. 1, Crises of the Republic (1972).

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  • It is a secret from nobody that the famous random event is most likely to arise from those parts of the world where the old adage "There is no alternative to victory" retains a high degree of plausibility.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence, sct. 1, Crises of the Republic (1972).

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  • The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born-U.S. political philosopher. The Human Condition, prologue (1958).
  • Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Human Condition, prologue (1958).
  • Power corrupts ... when the weak band together in order to ruin the strong, but not before. The will to power ... far from being a characteristic of the strong, is, like envy and greed, among the vices of the weak, and possibly even their most dangerous one.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher. The Human Condition, ch. 28 (1958).

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  • 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 (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Origins of Totalitarianism, ch. 3, sct. 11 (1951).
  • 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.
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Origins of Totalitarianism, ch. 10, sct. 1 (1951).

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  • 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 (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Eichmann in Jerusalem, epilogue (1963).

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