Hannah Arendt

(1906_1975 / Hanover)

Hannah Arendt Quotes

  • ''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 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.
  • ''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.
  • ''The blessing of life as a whole ... can never be found in work.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher. The Human Condition, ch. 14 (1958).
  • ''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.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Human Condition, pt. 3, ch. 16 (1958).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born-U.S. political philosopher. The Human Condition, pt. 3, ch. 17 (1958).
  • ''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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