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Quotations by Hannah Arendt
Hannah ArendtThought under political freedom - Thought . . .is still possible, and no doubt actual, wherever men live under the conditions of political freedom. Unfortunately, no other human capacity is so vulnerable, and it is in fact far easier to act under conditions of tyranny than it is to think.

The hypocrite's crime - The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. 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.

Violence changes the world - The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is to a more violent world.

The revolutionary after the revolution - It is well known that the most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution.

Totalitarianism terrorizes humans from within - Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.

Speech makes politics - Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.