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Personally, I think neutral is just another way of saving your own ass at the expense of someone else's.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Narcissus in Chains

Neutral men are the devil's allies.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

You can't be neutral on a moving train.

HOWARD ZINN, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

Neutrality is no favourite with Providence, for we are so formed that it is scarcely possible for us to stand neuter in our hearts, although we may deem it prudent to appear so in our actions.


Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.

G. K. CHESTERTON, The Speaker, Dec. 15, 1900

Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

ELIE WIESEL, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, reported in New York Times, Dec. 11, 1986

Indeed, it is impossible to be neutral. In a world already moving in certain directions, where wealth and power are already distributed in certain ways, neutrality means accepting the way things are now. It is a world of clashing interests – war against peace, nationalism against internationalism, equality against greed, and democracy against elitism – and it seems to me both impossible and undesirable to be neutral in those conflicts.

HOWARD ZINN, Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology

Men who profess a state of neutrality in times of public danger, desert the common interest of their fellow subjects; and act with independence to that constitution into which they are incorporated. The safety of the whole requires our joint endeavours. When this is at stake, the indifferent are not properly a part of the community; or rather are like dead limbs, which are an encumbrance to the body, instead of being of use to it.

JOSEPH ADDISON, The Freeholder, Feb. 3, 1716

Nor must we always be neutral where our neighbors are concerned: for tho' meddling is a fault, helping is a duty.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude


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