Hannah Arendt Quotes

Hannah Arendt Quotes

Johanna "Hannah" Arendt was a German born American political theorist. She was a professor and lecturer at leading universities, including the University of Chicago. She was the first woman and American to be awarded the Sonning Prize by the Danish government for her contributions to European civilization.


Forgiveness is the key to action
"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom"

She described herself as a political theorist because her work centers on the fact that "men, not Man, live on the earth and inhabit the world. She opined through her quotes that Evil cannot be both ordinary and radical. Evil is always extreme. Never radical, and Good is always deep and radical. She says 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.

She quotes about future of mankind that predictions of the future are never anything but the projections of present automatic processes and procedures, that is , of occurrences that are likely to come to pass if men do not act and if nothing unexpected happens , every action for worse or better and every accident necessarily destroys the whole pattern in whose frame the prediction moves and where it finds its evidence.

Hannah says Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable.