The Meaning of Love in Politics
A Letter by Hannah Arendt to James Baldwin
November 21, 1962
All the characteristics you stress in the Negro people: their beauty, their capacity for joy, their warmth, and their humanity, are well-known characteristics of all oppressed people. They grow out of suffering and they are the proudest possession of all pariahs. Unfortunately, they have never survived the hour of liberation by even five minutes. Hatred and love belong together, and they are both destructive; you can afford them only in the private and, as a people, only so long as you are not free.
Who is wise?
The one who learns from every person…
Who is brave?
The one who subdues his negative inclination…
Who is rich?
The one who is appreciates what he has…
Who is honored?
The one who gives honor to others…
(Talmud – Avot 4:1)
“…falling in love could be achieved in a single word—a glance.”
“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”
“Nothing that can be, can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes.”
― Ian McEwan, Atonement
I loved the movie, & it made me cry like hell!
‘But there is nothing like the sight of an amputated spirit. There’s no prosthetic for that.’ Scent of a Woman