Hannah Arendt Quotes

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

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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.

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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

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Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.

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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.

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Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.

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As witnesses not of our intentions but of our conduct, we can be true or false, and the hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. 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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.

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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.

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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.

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In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.

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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.

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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.

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