"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Hannah Arendt on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Hannah Arendt on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Hannah Arendt on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Hannah Arendt on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Hannah Arendt on Joseph Stalin
"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."