APATHY QUOTES

quotations about apathy

Apathy quote

Apathy is the glove in which evil slips its hand.

ANONYMOUS

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Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.

JOHN STUART MILL, Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of St. Andrews, Feb. 1, 1867

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Apathy is one of the characteristic responses of any living organism when it is subjected to stimuli too intense or too complicated to cope with. The cure for apathy is comprehension.

JOHN DOS PASSOS, The Prospect Before Us

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The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Devil's Disciple

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Apathy is the death knell of any order. Once a system has degenerated to the point that apathy is the only thing holding it in place it, it is in its twilight phase. Then one day the music stops.

JOHN BERLING HARDY, The Hidden Game Revealed

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Apathy and evil. The two work hand in hand. They are the same, really.... Evil wills it. Apathy allows it. Evil hates the innocent and the defenseless most of all. Apathy doesn't care as long as it's not personally inconvenienced.

JAKE THOENE, Shaiton's Fire

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Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.

HELEN KELLER, My Religion

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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death.

ELIE WIESEL, US News & World Report, Oct. 27, 1986

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When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
And I have become
Comfortably numb.

PINK FLOYD, "Comfortably Numb"

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Apathy adds up, in the long run, to cowardice.

ROLLO MAY, The Courage to Create

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It was not apathy. It was an intelligent disinterest in those things that could have no bearing on one's existence.

TANITH LEE, Red as Blood; or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer

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Those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters, for without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves we collude with it through our apathy.

J. K. ROWLING, speech, Jun. 5, 2008

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Political apathy is the luxury of an affluent society where the majority does not feel threatened and people's basic needs are met. Under such circumstances, apathy is understandable, predictable, and perhaps even rational.

THOMAS MAGSTADT, Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues

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Apathy is the overrated protection of that rock you're hiding under.

LAURA J. W. RYAN, Dusty Waters: A Ghost Story

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Apathy is the self-defense of the powerless.

LETTY POGREBIN, Deborah, Golda, and Me

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Apathy. A sort of living oblivion.

HORACE GREELEY, attributed, Edge-Tools of Speech

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Apathy is the capitulation of personhood, the refusal to grow, to become who we really are. It is the ultimate cop-out -- the insistence that things will never change, so why should we.

ALBERT J. LACHANCE, Cultural Addiction: The Greenspirit Guide to Recovery

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Apathy is a yet another luxury we can no longer afford.

BRYN MICKLE, "Democracy the big winner in presidential primary after Flint debate", MLive, March 11, 2016

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It is ... far more important to resist apathy than anarchy or despotism for apathy can give rise, almost indifferently, to either one.

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America

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The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.

WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON, The Liberator, Jan. 1, 1831

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