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Hannah Arendt Quotes & Quotations
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    Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    It is my contention that civil disobediences 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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what is given by the senses. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    The chief qualification of a mass leader has become unending infallibility; he can never admit an error. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    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-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    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. Hannah-ArendtHannah Arendt
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    There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. Hannah-Arendt/">Hannah Arendt
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    These are the fifties, you know. The disgusting, posturing fifties. Hannah-Arendt/">Hannah Arendt
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    This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes. Hannah-Arendt/">Hannah Arendt
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    To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious. Hannah-Arendt/">Hannah Arendt
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    We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance. Hannah-Arendt/">Hannah Arendt
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    Where 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/">Hannah Arendt
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    Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being. Hannah-Arendt/">Hannah Arendt