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