LX:93 | Like Feeling at Home

You ask about the effects of my work on others. If I may wax ironical, that is a masculine question. Men always want to be terribly influential, but I see that as somewhat external. Do I imagine myself being influential? No. I want to understand. And if others understand – in the same sense that I have understood – that gives me a sense of satisfaction, like feeling at home.


Source

Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview and Other Conversations.  Brooklyn: Mellville House Publishing, 2013. 6.


Notes

This selection is from the interview “What Remains? The Language Remains”: A Conversation with Günter Gaus.  Zur Person, ZDF TV, Germany – October 28, 1964.  Translation by Joan Stambaugh.

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