"It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Hannah Arendt on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Hannah Arendt on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Hannah Arendt on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Hannah Arendt on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Hannah Arendt on Thomas Jefferson
"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."