Hannah Arendt Quotes

Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle.

Our ability to look at the same thing from the perspective of other people… By the utterly mysterious power of the imagination, that strange ability to make present what is absent and to make ourselves absent from our immediate presence and present to some absent perspective, we are able to put ourselves in the other’s […]

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.

Ideas, as distinguished from events, are never unprecedented.

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 […]

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.

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.

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

By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality.