The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
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.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.
Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.
Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless.
Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses.
Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.
We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.
This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.
In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.
Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up.
The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.