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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.Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence," Crises of the Republic (1972).
... we may remember what the Romans ... thought a cultivated person ought to be: one who knows how to choose his company among men, among things, among thoughts, in the present as well as in the past.Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. Between Past and Future, ch. 6 (1961).
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Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. Between Past and Future, ch. 6 (1961).
Action without a name, a "who" attached to it, is meaningless.Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Action," ch. 24, The Human Condition (1958).
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.Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Thoughts on Politics and Revolution," Crises of the Republic (1972).
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