On this page I want to share with you quotes and insights from authors and writers each time different.
This time the pick is Johanna “Hannah” Arendt, german-born american writer and political theorist; escaped from Europe during the Holocaust. These are some of her quotes….
- “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”
- “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.”
- “Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.”
- “Forgiveness is the only way to reverse the irreversible flow of history.”
- “Clichés, stock phrases, adherence to conventional, standardized codes of expression and conduct have the socially recognized function of protecting us against reality.”
- “Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.”
- “As citizens, we must prevent wrongdoing because the world in which we all live, wrong-doer, wrong sufferer and spectator, is at stake.”
- “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.”
Want to know more about Hannah Arendt? These are some of the books she wrote.
“The Origins of Totalitarianism”
“The Human Condition”
“Eichmann in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil”
What do you think? Did you read them? Leave a comment and let me know!