Stop to think, and think to be happy: Hannah Arendt’s credo for life

Unthinkable: Philosopher born this day 115 years ago believed that politics should be joyous

 Hannah Arendt: Thinking ‘is a profitless enterprise as far as results are concerned’. Photograph: Getty Images

Hannah Arendt: Thinking ‘is a profitless enterprise as far as results are concerned’. Photograph: Getty Images

When was the last time you paused for thought? I mean, properly downed tools, turned away from the screen and surrendered to introspection?

“There’s an English idiom, ‘Stop and think.’ Nobody can think unless he stops,” said Hannah Arendt.

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