Inspirational Hannah Arendt Quotes

Hannah Arendt (14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975) was a German-born Jewish American political theorist. This post features some Inspirational Hannah Arendt Quotes.

She escaped Europe during the Holocaust, becoming an American citizen. Her works deal with the nature of power and the subjects of politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism. The Hannah Arendt Prize is named in her honor.

Hannah Arendt Quotes
Hannah Arendt Quotes

Hannah Arendt Quotes

“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Forgiveness is the only way to reverse the irreversible flow of history.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”
Hannah Arendt quotes

“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.”
Hannah Arendt

“The third world is not a reality, but an ideology.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Courage is indispensible because in politics not life but the world is at stake.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”
― Hannah Arendt

“There are many great authors of the past who have survived centuries of oblivion and neglect, but it is still an open question whether they will be able to survive an entertaining version of what they have to say.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think. ”
― Hannah Arendt

“And the distinction between violent and non-violent action is that the former is exclusively bent upon the destruction of the old, and the latter is chiefly concerned with the establishment of something new.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true. ”
― Hannah Arendt

“One of the greatest advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.”
Hannah Arendt quotes

“Revolutionaries do not make revolutions! The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and when they can pick it up. Armed uprising by itself has never yet led to revolution.”
― Hannah Arendt

“There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking it-self is dangerous.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Action, as distinguished from fabrication, is never possible in isolation; to be isolated is to be deprived of the capacity to act.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Revolutions are the only political events which confront us directly and inevitably with the problem of beginning.”
― Hannah Arendt

“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.”
― Hannah Arendt

“As citizens, we must prevent wrongdoing because the world in which we all live, wrong-doer, wrong sufferer and spectator, is at stake.”
― Hannah Arendt

“No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical forces.”
― Hannah Arendt

“Men in plural can experience meaningfulness only because they can talk with and make sense to each other and themselves.”
― Hannah Arendt

“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.”
― Hannah Arendt

“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.”
― Hannah Arendt

“When 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.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The common prejudice that love is as common as “romance” may be due to the fact that we all learned about it first through poetry. But the poets fool us; they are the only ones to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one.”
― Hannah Arendt

“The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.”
― Hannah Arendt

“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.”
― Hannah Arendt

Inspirational Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

Simone de Beauvoir (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer. This post features some Inspirational Simone de Beauvoir Quotes.

De Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics and social issues. She was known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins. She was also known for her lifelong open relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“A man attaches himself to woman — not to enjoy her, but to enjoy himself. ”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.”
Simone de Beauvoir

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Because we are separated everything separates us, even our efforts to join each other.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“‎A day in which I don’t write leaves a taste of ashes.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Capabilities are clearly manifested only when they have been realized.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Sex pleasure in women is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.”
Simone de Beauvoir quotes

“Even if one is neither vain nor self-obsessed, it is so extraordinary to be oneself – exactly oneself and no one else – and so unique, that it seems natural that one should also be unique for someone else.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Be loved, be admired, be necessary; be somebody.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Fathers never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion a them that the daughters have to conform to.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“She would never change, but one day at the touch of a fingertip she would fall to dust.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.”
Simone de Beauvoir quotes

“Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female — whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.”
Simone de Beauvoir quotes

“I could see no reason for being sad. It´s just that it makes me unhappy not to feel happy.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I was made for another planet altogether. I mistook the way.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Women’s mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other; but for the same reason each is against the others.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“Some things I loved have vanished. A great many others have been given to me.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself–on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.”
Simone de Beauvoir quotes

“My life was hurrying, racing tragically toward its end. And yet at the same time it was dripping so slowly, so very slowly now, hour by hour, minute by minute. One always has to wait until the sugar melts, the memory dies, the wound scars over, the sun sets, the unhappiness lifts and fades away.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

Inspirational Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Jean-Paul Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French philosopher, novelist. This post features some Inspirational Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes.

He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His work has also influenced sociology, critical theory, post-colonial theory, and literary studies, and continues to influence these disciplines.

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes
Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

“Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Everything has been figured out, except how to live.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Hell is—other people!”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

“I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven’s name, why is it so important to think the same things all together. ”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“You are — your life, and nothing else.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I’m going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.”
Jean-Paul Sartre quotes

“We are our choices.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Life begins on the other side of despair.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in . . . but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“It answers the question that was tormenting you: my love, you are not ‘one thing in my life’ – not even the most important – because my life no longer belongs to me because…you are always me.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Life has no meaning a priori It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Through the lack of attaching myself to words, my thoughts remain nebulous most of the time. They sketch vague, pleasant shapes and then are swallowed up; I forget them almost immediately.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I suppose it is out of laziness that the world is the same day after day. Today it seemed to want to change. And then anything, anything could happen.”
Jean-Paul Sartre quotes

“It’s quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don’t do it.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I have crossed the seas, I have left cities behind me,
and I have followed the source of rivers towards their
source or plunged into forests, always making for other
cities. I have had women, I have fought with men ; and
I could never turn back any more than a record can spin
in reverse. And all that was leading me where ?
To this very moment.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre