Hannah Arendt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hannah arendt quotes, hannah arendt sayings, and hannah arendt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Poetry, whose material is language, is perhaps the most human and least worldly of the arts, the one in which the end product remains closest to the thought that inspired it.      

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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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Power is actualized only when word and deed have not parted company.     

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

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

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The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.     

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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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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

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

No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.     

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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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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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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.     

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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.     

Hannah Arendt

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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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.     

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Nihilism is but the other side of conventionalism; its creed consists of negations of the current so-called positive values, to which it remains bound.     

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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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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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Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.     

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Action without a name, a "who" attached to it, is meaningless.     

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Every end in history necessarily contains a new beginning.     

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Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.     

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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

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 Arendt

Immortality is what nature possesses without effort and without anybody's assistance, and immortality is what the mortals must therefore try to achieve if they want to live up to the world into which they were born, to live up to the things which surround them and to whose company they are admitted for a short while.     

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Metaphysical fallacies contain the only clues we have to what thinking means to those who engage in it.     

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Power is actualized only when word and deed have not parted company.     

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

Immortality is what nature possesses without effort and without anybody's assistance, and immortality is what the mortals must therefore try to achieve if they want to live up to the world into which they were born, to live up to the things which surround them and to whose company they are admitted for a short while.     

Hannah Arendt