"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Hannah Arendt on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Hannah Arendt on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Hannah Arendt on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Hannah Arendt on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Hannah Arendt on Mark Twain
"To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious."
"By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality."
"This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst expect the best and take what comes."
"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."
"In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism."
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