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Inspirational Hannah Arendt Quotes

Hannah Arendt (14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975) was a German-born Jewish American political theorist. This post features some Inspirational Hannah Arendt Quotes.

She escaped Europe during the Holocaust, becoming an American citizen. Her works deal with the nature of power and the subjects of politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism. The Hannah Arendt Prize is named in her honor.

Hannah Arendt Quotes
Hannah Arendt Quotes

Hannah Arendt Quotes

“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Forgiveness is the only way to reverse the irreversible flow of history.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”
Hannah Arendt quotes

“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.”
Hannah Arendt

“The third world is not a reality, but an ideology.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Courage is indispensible because in politics not life but the world is at stake.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”
― Hannah Arendt

“There are many great authors of the past who have survived centuries of oblivion and neglect, but it is still an open question whether they will be able to survive an entertaining version of what they have to say.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think. ”
― Hannah Arendt

“And the distinction between violent and non-violent action is that the former is exclusively bent upon the destruction of the old, and the latter is chiefly concerned with the establishment of something new.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true. ”
― Hannah Arendt

“One of the greatest advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.”
Hannah Arendt quotes

“Revolutionaries do not make revolutions! The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and when they can pick it up. Armed uprising by itself has never yet led to revolution.”
― Hannah Arendt

“There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking it-self is dangerous.”
― Hannah Arendt

“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

“Action, as distinguished from fabrication, is never possible in isolation; to be isolated is to be deprived of the capacity to act.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Revolutions are the only political events which confront us directly and inevitably with the problem of beginning.”
― Hannah Arendt

“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

“As citizens, we must prevent wrongdoing because the world in which we all live, wrong-doer, wrong sufferer and spectator, is at stake.”
― Hannah Arendt

“No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes.”
― Hannah Arendt

“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 forces.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Men in plural can experience meaningfulness only because they can talk with and make sense to each other and themselves.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable.”
― Hannah Arendt

“When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The common prejudice that love is as common as “romance” may be due to the fact that we all learned about it first through poetry. But the poets fool us; they are the only ones to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one.”
― Hannah Arendt

“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

“Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power’s disappearance.”
― Hannah Arendt

Inspirational Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

Simone de Beauvoir (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer. This post features some Inspirational Simone de Beauvoir Quotes.

De Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics and social issues. She was known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins. She was also known for her lifelong open relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“A man attaches himself to woman — not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself. ”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.”
Simone de Beauvoir

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Because we are separated everything separates us, even our efforts to join each other.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“‎A day in which I don’t write leaves a taste of ashes.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Capabilities are clearly manifested only when they have been realized.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Sex pleasure in women is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.”
Simone de Beauvoir quotes

“Even if one is neither vain nor self-obsessed, it is so extraordinary to be oneself – exactly oneself and no one else – and so unique, that it seems natural that one should also be unique for someone else.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Be loved, be admired, be necessary; be somebody.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Fathers never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion a them that the daughters have to conform to.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“She would never change, but one day at the touch of a fingertip she would fall to dust.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.”
Simone de Beauvoir quotes

“Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female — whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.”
Simone de Beauvoir quotes

“I could see no reason for being sad. It´s just that it makes me unhappy not to feel happy.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I was made for another planet altogether. I mistook the way.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Women’s mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other; but for the same reason each is against the others.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Some things I loved have vanished. A great many others have been given to me.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself–on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.”
Simone de Beauvoir quotes

“My life was hurrying, racing tragically toward its end. And yet at the same time it was dripping so slowly, so very slowly now, hour by hour, minute by minute. One always has to wait until the sugar melts, the memory dies, the wound scars over, the sun sets, the unhappiness lifts and fades away.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

Inspirational Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Jean-Paul Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French philosopher, novelist. This post features some Inspirational Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes.

He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His work has also influenced sociology, critical theory, post-colonial theory, and literary studies, and continues to influence these disciplines.

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes
Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

“Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Everything has been figured out, except how to live.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Hell is—other people!”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

“I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven’s name, why is it so important to think the same things all together. ”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“You are — your life, and nothing else.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I’m going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.”
Jean-Paul Sartre quotes

“We are our choices.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Life begins on the other side of despair.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in . . . but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“It answers the question that was tormenting you: my love, you are not ‘one thing in my life’ – not even the most important – because my life no longer belongs to me because…you are always me.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Life has no meaning a priori It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Through the lack of attaching myself to words, my thoughts remain nebulous most of the time. They sketch vague, pleasant shapes and then are swallowed up; I forget them almost immediately.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I suppose it is out of laziness that the world is the same day after day. Today it seemed to want to change. And then anything, anything could happen.”
Jean-Paul Sartre quotes

“It’s quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don’t do it.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I have crossed the seas, I have left cities behind me,
and I have followed the source of rivers towards their
source or plunged into forests, always making for other
cities. I have had women, I have fought with men ; and
I could never turn back any more than a record can spin
in reverse. And all that was leading me where ?
To this very moment.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

Inspirational Martin Buber Quotes

Martin Buber (February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Martin Buber Quotes.

Born in Vienna, Buber came from a family of observant Jews, but broke with Jewish custom to pursue secular studies in philosophy. In 1930, Buber became an honorary professor at the University of Frankfurt am Main, but resigned from his professorship in protest immediately after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933.

Buber was a direct descendant of the prominent 16th century rabbi Meir Katzenellenbogen, known as the Maharam of Padua, as was his cousin, cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein. Karl Marx is another notable relative.

Martin Buber Quotes
Martin Buber Quotes

Martin Buber Quotes

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
― Martin Buber

“Solitude is the place of purification.”
― Martin Buber

“The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.”
― Martin Buber

“The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.”
― Martin Buber

“We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.”
― Martin Buber

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
― Martin Buber

“When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.”
― Martin Buber

“All real living is meeting.”
― Martin Buber

“The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.”
― Martin Buber

“A person cannot approach the divine by reaching beyond the human. To become human, is what this individual person, has been created for.”
― Martin Buber

“We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.”
Martin Buber

“Everyone must come out of his Exile in his own way.”
Martin Buber quotes

“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience. ”
― Martin Buber

“Play is the exultation of the possible.”
― Martin Buber

“I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me.”
― Martin Buber

“There are three principles in a man’s being and life:
The principle of thought, the principle of speech,
and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict
between me and my fellow-men is that I do not
say what I mean and I don’t do what I say.”
― Martin Buber

“This is the eternal origin of art that a human being confronts a form that wants to become a work through him. Not a figment of his soul but something that appears to the soul and demands the soul’s creative power. What is required is a deed that a man does with his whole being.”
― Martin Buber

“Every person born into the world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique….If there had been someone like her in the world, there would have been no need for her to be born.”
Martin Buber quotes

“Feelings dwell in man; but man dwells in his love. That is no metaphor, but the actual truth. Love does not cling to the I in such a way as to have the Thou only for its ” content,” its object; but love is between I and Thou. The man who does not know this, with his very being know this, does not know love; even though he ascribes to it the feelings he lives through, experiences, enjoys, and expresses.”
― Martin Buber

Inspirational Martin Heidegger Quotes

Martin Heidegger (26 September 1889 – 26 May 1976) was a German philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Martin Heidegger Quotes.

According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, he is “widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th century.” Heidegger is best known for his contributions to Phenomenology and Existentialism, though as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy cautions, “his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification.”

Heidegger also made critical contributions to philosophical conceptions of truth, arguing that its original meaning was unconcealment, to philosophical analyses of art as a site of the revelation of truth, and to philosophical understanding of language as the “house of being.” Heidegger’s later work includes criticisms of technology’s instrumentalist understanding in the Western tradition as “enframing,” treating all of Nature as a “standing reserve” on call for human purposes.

Martin Heidegger Quotes
Martin Heidegger Quotes

Martin Heidegger Quotes

“He who thinks great thoughts often makes great errors.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Tell me how you read and I’ll tell you who you are.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of Being.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?”
― Martin Heidegger

“Time is not a thing, thus nothing which is, and yet it remains constant in its passing away without being something temporal like the beings in time.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can’t be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.”
― Martin Heidegger

“There is no such thing as an empty word, only one that is worn out yet remains full.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man. ”
― Martin Heidegger

“The small are always dependent on the great; they are “small” precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other “greats” and who can transform it in an original manner.”
― Martin Heidegger

“To think is to confine yourself to a single thought that one day stands still like a star in the world’s sky.”
― Martin Heidegger

“What was Aristotle’s life?’ Well, the answer lay in a single sentence: ‘He was born, he thought, he died.’ And all the rest is pure anecdote.”
Martin Heidegger

“Language is the house of the truth of Being.”
Martin Heidegger quotes

“Being the rational animal, man must be capable of thinking if he really wants to. Still, it may be that man wants to think, but cannot.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that Reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate adversary of thinking.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The poets are in the vanguard of a changed conception of Being.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Temporality temporalizes as a future which makes present in the process of having been.”
― Martin Heidegger

“I know that everything essential and great originated from the fact that the human being had a homeland and was rooted in tradition.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Everyone is the other and no one is himself.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The possible ranks higher than the actual.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant.”
― Martin Heidegger

“What seems natural to us is probably just something familiar in a long tradition that has forgotten the unfamiliar source from which it arose. And yet this unfamiliar source once struck man as strange and caused him to think and to wonder.”
Martin Heidegger quotes

“To be a poet in a destitute time means: to attend, singing, to the trace of the fugitive gods. This is why the poet in the time of the world’s night utters the holy.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Everyone is the other, and no one is himself. The they, which supplies the answer to the who of everyday Da-sein, is the nobody to whom every Da-sein has always already surrendered itself, in its being-among-one-another.”
― Martin Heidegger

“And so man, as existing transcendence abounding in and surpassing toward possibilities, is a creature of distance. Only through the primordial distances he establishes toward all being in his transcendence does a true nearness to things flourish in him.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The senses do not enable us to cognize any entity in its Being; they merely serve to announce the ways in which ‘external’ Things within-the-world are useful or harmful for human creatures encumbered with bodies….they tell us nothing about entities in their Being.”
― Martin Heidegger

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