Apathy Quotes


This page is for quotes on the subject of Apathy.


Organized alphabetically by author.

  • I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate — it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.
    o Leo Buscaglia

  • He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.
    o Leonardo da Vinci

  • Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.
    o Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms (1764-99)

  • Once you have glimpsed the world as it might be, as it ought to be, as it’s going to be (however that vision appears to you), it is impossible to live compliant and complacent anymore in the world as it is.
    o Victoria Safford in “The Small Work in the Great Work” in The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear (2004) by Paul Rogat Loeb

  • The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
    o George Bernard Shaw, The Devil’s Disciple (1897)

  • He who has never hoped can never despair.
    o George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra (1906)

  • Harold Wilson is going around the country stirring up apathy.
    o William Whitelaw

  • Apathy is the glove in which evil slips its hand.
    o “Prof. McDoogle” in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

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