Hannah Arendt

(1906_1975 / Hanover)

Hannah Arendt Quotes

  • ''The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Human Condition, pt. 5, ch. 24 (1958).
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  • ''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).
  • ''... 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).
  • ''Men, forever tempted to lift the veil of the future—with the aid of computers or horoscopes or the intestines of sacrificial animals—have a worse record to show in these "sciences" than in almost any scientific endeavor.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. The Life of the Mind, vol. 2: Willing, ch. 14 (1978).
  • ''... the will always wills to do something and thus implicitly holds in contempt sheer thinking, whose whole activity depends on "doing nothing."''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. The Life of the Mind, vol. 2: Willing, ch. 5 (1978).
  • ''The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of "living well," which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. The Life of the Mind, vol. 2: Willing, ch. 7 (1978).
  • ''Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Origins of Totalitarianism, ch. 10, sect. 1 (1951).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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