Zitat des Tages von Hannah Arendt:
War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.
Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless.
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.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity.
Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.
The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the last decade.
Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.
The chief qualification of a mass leader has become unending infallibility; he can never admit an error.
The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it.
In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.
We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.
The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.
Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse.
Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.
Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country.
By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality.
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
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.
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.
The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
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.
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.
Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx.
Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up.