Hannah Arendt Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Hannah Arendt quotes and Hannah Arendt sayings, and Hannah Arendt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

"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."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition."

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

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

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

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

"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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