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Hannah Arendt Quotes

Hannah Arendt
Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate, and where no opportunity for the forming of opinions exists, there may be moods /moods of the masses and moods of individuals, the latter no less fickle and unreliable than the former /but no opinion.
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#Debate

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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.
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#German Historian

Hannah Arendt
The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
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#German Historian #Ideology

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

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The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
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#German Historian #Conservative

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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.
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#Association #German Historian

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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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#German Historian #Opposites

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The ceaseless, senseless demand for original scholarship in a number of fields, where only erudition is now possible, has led either to sheer irrelevancy, the famous knowing of more and more about less and less, or to the development of a pseudo-scholarship which actually destroys its object.
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#Scholars And Scholarship

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To be sure, nothing is more important to the integrity of the universities than a rigorously enforced divorce from war-oriented research and all connected enterprises.
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#Colleges And Universities #Divorce

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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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#German Historian

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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.
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#German Historian

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Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
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#German Historian

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Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.
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#Achievement #Desire

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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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#Hypocrisy

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Love, by reason of its passion, destroys the in-between which relates us to and separates us from others. As long as its spell lasts, the only in-between which can insert itself between two lovers is the child, love's own product. The child, this in-between to which the lovers now are related and which they hold in common, is representative of the world in that it also separates them; it is an indication that they will insert a new world into the existing world. Through the child, it is as though the lovers return to the world from which their love had expelled them. But this new worldliness, the possible result and the only possibly happy ending of a love affair, is, in a sense, the end of love, which must either overcome the partners anew or be transformed into another mode of belonging together.
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#Love #Family

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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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#German Historian #Fidelity

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This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
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#Attitude

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The chief qualification of a mass leader has become unending infallibility; he can never admit an error.
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#German Historian

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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
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#Action #German Historian

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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.
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#Evil