"This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst expect the best and take what comes."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Hannah Arendt on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Hannah Arendt on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Hannah Arendt on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Hannah Arendt on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Hannah Arendt on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."
"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."