Hannah Arendt

Germany
14 Oct 1906 // 4 Dec 1975
Political Theorist

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The Temptation to Change Society (1)

Exasperation with the threefold frustration of action - the unpredictability of its outcome, the irreversibility of the process, and the anonymity of its authors - is almost as old as recorded histor...
The Human Condition

When Nobody is Held Responsible (2)

These definitions coincide with the terms which, since Greek antiquity, have been used to define the forms of government as the rule of man over man—of one or the few in monarchy and oligarchy, of th...
On Violence


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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays