Evil thrives on apathy and cannot exist without it.
the public sphere is as consistently based on the law of equality as the private sphere is based on the law of universal difference and differentiation. Equality, in contrast to all that is involved in mere existence, is not given us, but is the result of human organization insofar as it is guided b
The climax of terror is reached when the police state begins to devour its own children, when yesterday's executioner becomes today's victim.
Caution in handling generally accepted opinions that claim to explain whole trends of history is especially important for the historian of modern times, because the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts
To think and to be fully alive are the same.
Our Last Will and Testament, providing for the only future of which we can be reasonably certain, namely our own death, shows thatthe Will's need to will is no less strong than Reason's need to think; in both instances the mind transcends its own natural limitations, either by asking unanswerable qu
The way God has been thought of for thousands of years is no longer convincing; if anything is dead, it can only be the traditional thought of God.
Violence can destroy power; it is utterly incapable of creating it.
For no matter what learned scientists may say, race is, politically speaking, not the beginning of humanity but its end, not the origin of peoples but their decay, not the natural birth of man but his unnatural death.
As citizens, we must prevent wrongdoing because the world in which we all live, wrong-doer, wrong sufferer and spectator, is at stake.
Truthfulness has never been counted among the political virtues, and lies have always been regarded as justifiable tools in political dealings.
Exactly for the sake of what is new and revolutionary in every child, education must be conservative; it must preserve this newness and introduce it as a new thing into an old world.
every thought is strictly speaking an after-thought.
The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.
This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
The presence of others who see what we see and hear what we hear assures us of the reality of the world and ourselves.
Nietzsche ... has caused [philosophers] so much confusion.
I'm more than ever of the opinion that a decent human existence is possible today only on the fringes of society, where one then runs the risk of starving or being stoned to death. In these circumstances, a sense of humor is a great help.
The business of thinking ... undoes every morning what it had finished the night before.
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.
They must remember that they are constantly on the run, and that the world's reality is actually expressed by their escape.
To expect truth to come from thinking signifies that we mistake the need to think with the urge to know.
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.
Thinking does not lead to truth; truth is the beginning of thought.
Kant ... was also quite aware that "the urgent need" of reason is both different from and "more than mere quest and desire for knowledge." Hence, the distinguishing of the two faculties, reason and intellect, coincides with a distinction between two altogether different mental activities, thinking a
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
Since one cannot educate adults, the word "education" has an evil sound in politics; there is a pretense of education, when the real purpose is coercion without the use of force.
I'm completely against [feminism]. I have no desire to give up my privileges.
There exists in our society widespread fear of judgingâ€¦[B]ehind the unwillingness to judge lurks the suspicion that no one is a free agent, and hence doubt that anyone is responsible or could be expected to answer for what he has doneâ€¦Who has ever maintained that by judging a wrong I presuppose
Every activity performed in public can attain an excellence never matched in privacy; for excellence, by definition, the presence of others is always required.