Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.

-Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt

Nietzsche ... has caused [philosophers] so much confusion.

Hannah Arendt
Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
Hannah Arendt

every end in history necessarily contains a new beginning ...

Hannah Arendt
Nobody is the author or producer of his own life story ... somebody began it and is its subject in the twofold sense, namely, its actor and sufferer ... but nobody is the author ...
Hannah Arendt

The only grandeur of imperialism lies in the nation's losing battle against it.

Hannah Arendt
Basically we are always educating for a world that is or is becoming out of joint, for this is the basic human situation, in which the world is created by mortal hands to serve mortals for a limited time as home.
Hannah Arendt

In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism. Hannah Ar

Hannah Arendt
even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination, and ... such illumination may well come less from theories and concepts than from the uncertain, flickering, and often weak light that some men and women, in their lives and their works, will kindle under almost all circumstances and shed over the time-span that was given them on earth ...
Hannah Arendt

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.

Hannah Arendt
The role played by education in all political utopias from ancient times onward shows how natural it seems to start a new world with those who are by birth and nature new. So far as politics is concerned, this involves of course a serious misconception: instead of joining with one's equals in assuming the effort of persuasion and running the risk of failure, there is dictatorial intervention, based upon the absolute superiority of the adult, and the attempt to produce the new as a fait accompli, that is, as though the new already existed.