Hannah Arendt

(1906_1975 / Hanover)

Hannah Arendt Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Between Past and Future, ch. 1 (1961).
  • ''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).
  • ''... 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).
  • ''... 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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