Saturday, 16 July 2011


Apathy – not hate – is the opposite of love. It is this apathy that leads first to the death of the psyche, and in its extreme form to the death of the body. - Jane G. Goldberg

Apathy adds up, in the long run, to cowardice. - Rollo May

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 defenceless most of all. Apathy doesn't care as long as it's not personally inconvenienced.  - Jake Thoene

Apathy borders upon folly. - Publilius Syrus

Apathy goes to the root of our moral and spiritual crisis today. Apathy is the loss of ability to feel indignant at the work of evil in our lives and in the lives of others. It is the absence of outrage against injustice. It is the erosion of ability to commit oneself to important causes, to care deeply about other people, and to take risks in the struggle against every form of human bondage. - Daniel Migliore

Apathy is a risk-aversion strategy. - Joost van Loon

Apathy is never positive, and rarely harmless. To be apathetic is to be dispirited, empty of feeling. In its more extreme forms, it is a living death. - Donald Cappys

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

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

Apathy is the glove in which evil slips its hand. - Unknown

Apathy is the great requisite for the station; for woe betide the wretch who fancies any modicum of zeal. - James Fenimore

Apathy is the outgrowth of their inability to change the world. - George David Miller & Conrad P. Pritscher

Apathy is the overrated protection of that rock you're hiding under. - Laura J. W. Ryan

Apathy is the self-defence of the powerless. - Letty Pogrebin

Apathy. A sort of living oblivion. - Horace Greeley

I didn't care about anything. And there's a freedom in apathy, a wild, dizzying liberation on which you can almost get drunk. - Lionel Shriver

In sullen apathy neither true wisdom nor true happiness can be found. - Hume

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

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

Mental apathy is stoicism, a calmness of mind incapable of being ruffled by pleasure, pain, or passion. - N. Webster

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

Presumably, apathy is the greatest danger to truly representative political systems; without the vote, with blind choice, or with one choice, the representative character of democracy is lost. - Herbert I. London

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

Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium. - Cyril Connolly

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 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

Thoughtlessness or apathy is the only obstacle to success. - Charles Turner Thackrah

What is called "apathy" is, I believe, a feeling of helplessness on the part of the ordinary citizen, a feeling of impotence in the face of enormous power. It's not that people are apathetic; they do care about what is going on, but don't know what to do about it, so they do nothing, and appear to be indifferent. - Howard Zinn

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