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HANNAH ARENDT
German-American political scientist
(1906 - 1975)

Ideas, as distinguished from events, are never unprecedented.
      - [Ideas]

In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfection.
      - [Perfection]

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.
      - [Poets]

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
      - [Promises]

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
      - [Story Telling]

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
      - [Thought]

Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.
      - [Tyranny]

Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
      - [Guilt]


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