Hannah Arendt

(1906_1975 / Hanover)

Hannah Arendt Quotes

  • ''It is my contention that civil disobedients are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Civil Disobedience," Crises of the Republic (1972).
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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).
  • ''It is quite gratifying to feel guilty if you haven't done anything wrong: how noble! Whereas it is rather hard and certainly depressing to admit guilt and to repent.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-75), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Eichmann in Jerusalem, ch. 15 (1963).
  • ''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).
  • ''It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Eichmann in Jerusalem, epilogue (1963).
  • ''The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Lying in Politics," Crises of the Republic (1972).
  • ''The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. New Yorker (Sept. 12, 1970) (1970).
  • ''Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to to the core.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. On Revolution, ch. 2, pt. 5 (1970).
  • ''No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. On Revolution, introduction (1963).
  • ''Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born-U.S. political philosopher. On Revolution, ch. 6 (1963).

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