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Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt

A Jewish political scientist, Hannah Arendt was born in Germany but fled the Nazis in 1941, moving to the United States. She was a professor and lecturer at leading universities, including the University of Chicago. She was the first woman and American to be awarded the Sonning Prize by the Danish government for her contributions to European civilization.

Date of Birth: October 14, 1906
Date of Death: December 04, 1975


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

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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." Hannah Arendt
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German Historian   

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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
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Fidelity    German Historian   

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

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"It was as though in those last minutes he (Eichmann) was summing up the lessons that this long course in human wickedness had taught us the lesson of the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil" Hannah Arendt
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"War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford." Hannah Arendt
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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." Hannah Arendt
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Hypocrisy   

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"Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up." Hannah Arendt
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"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." Hannah Arendt
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Beginning    German Historian   

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"The human condition is such that pain and effort are not just symptoms which can be removed without changing life itself; they are the modes in which life itself, together with the necessity to which it is bound, makes itself felt. For mortals, the ''easy life of the gods'' would be a lifeless life." Hannah Arendt
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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." Hannah Arendt
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Achievement    Desire   

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"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom." Hannah Arendt
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Action    German Historian   

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"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." Hannah Arendt
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German Historian    Power   

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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." Hannah Arendt
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Evil    German Historian   

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"Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think" Hannah Arendt
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"Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within." Hannah Arendt
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Totalitarianism    Violence   

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"Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence." Hannah Arendt
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Capitalism    German Historian   

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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. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods." Hannah Arendt
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Efficiency   

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"The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true." Hannah Arendt
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Dreams    German Historian   

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"Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle" Hannah Arendt
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