Hannah Arendt Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Arendt works – Thinking and Judging with Hannah Arendt

Within the study of totalitarianism, this woman is someone who knows a thing or two about psychology and philosophy about it. This inspired by a biased article blaming everything on Trumpism, I believe based off her quotes, her critical work goes both ways such as the German’s telling their people they are socialists and the good guys. For the sake, if others cherry-picking her coverings of Jewish affairs during WW2 and way deeper in the later years, let’s explore a more balanced perspective she has got to offer.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
  • The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
  • 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.
  • The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
  • Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
  • 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.
  • Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.

Highly underrated, the observations she makes from the video below is very informative and above fair to make. I believe these analyses are very important in identifying political theories in the last 50 years. Able to predict so much, I bet there is plenty of books and article I have not had a peek at yet.



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