“You ask about the effect 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 to be 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, Essays in Understanding (1994), p. 3.