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

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