Apathy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old apathy quotes, apathy sayings, and apathy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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 glove into which evil slips its hand. Bodie Thoene
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
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
Apathy is a sort of living oblivion. Horace Greeley
Apathy is the self-defense of the powerless. Letty Pogrebin
Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is. Rollo May
The greatest danger to our future is apathy. Jane Goodall
Apathy - If we don't take care of the customer, maybe they'll stop bugging us. Larry Kersten
We 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
Scientists announced today that they have discovered a cure for apathy. However, they claim no one has shown the slightest interest in it. George Carlin
By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction. William Osler
It is important for people to realize that we can make progress against world hunger, that world hunger is not hopeless. The worst enemy is apathy. Reverend David Beckmann
Apathy occurs when you aren't interested enough in your own life to be the chief influence in it. A. Brandon Trean
Apathy in general; people who are not standing up for what they believe in because somebody's got a louder mouth than them; it doesn't make any sense. Avan Jogia
Public apathy is more powerful than public opinion. There's more of it. Dr. Jim Boren
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm. Arnold J. Toynbee
A lot of you cared, just not enough. Jay Asher
Apathy is a trap. There is no challenge... so there is no reward. Remember, there is always free cheese in a mousetrap. Steve Maraboli
To be apathetic is literally to be without passion. Erwin Raphael McManus
If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime. Georg C. Lichtenberg
There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference. Juan Montalvo
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. J K Rowling
Always remember, the future of all of our tomorrows will be reflected by how we react to the mediocrity and apathy of others today. George Kincses
Most ignorance is the direct result of apathy; people don't know because they don't care to know. Vikrant Parsai
Your life begins to end the moment you start being silent about the things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr
The world is in chaos not because of violence by bad people but because of silence of good people. Ritu Ghatourey
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
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
Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. John Stuart Mill
Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. Henri Frederic Amiel
In communications, familiarity breeds apathy. William Bernbach
Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have. Charles C. Noble
Not to he who is offensive to us are we most unfair but to he who does not concern us at all. Friedrich Nietzsche
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality. Dante Alighieri
Indifference may not wreck a man's life at any one turn but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run. Bliss Carman
Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie, but rather mourn the apathetic, throng the coward and the meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak. Ralph Chaplin
Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted. Aldous Huxley
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. Bishop Desmond Tutu
When an individual fear or apathy passes by the unfortunate, life is of no account. Haniel Long
Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable. John Stott
You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. Martin Luther
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A different world cannot be built by indifferent people. Peter Marshall
Nothing for preserving the body like having no heart. John Petit-Senn
Bad people are less a problem than indifferent people. Gerhard Kocher
Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent. George Steiner
It is the apathetic person that sees the cause while the charitable person sees the need. Shannon L. Alder
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. Montesquieu
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
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference. Bess Myerson
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything...or nothing. Lady Nancy Astor
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil. Hannah Arendt
As the people of the world see mass murder, the destruction of defenseless and innocent people, and all of the crime and lack of morals which go with war, they become numb and apathetic. Alan J. Whiticker
Indolence created first an apathy, and apathy crept on until all that was estimable and praiseworthy in man, was sunk into torpor, like waters that stagnate when they cease to flow Abigail Adams
Come to me, my apathetic children...I love you all. You don't start fights. You don't escalate wars. You don't invent weapons. You don't seek power above all else. You are fair and honorable and everybody hates you. Simon Satori Hendley
Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a nuisance to you. Gustav Holst
Your head’s in the sand, / the canary at hand / The coward inside you, / his kingdom commands. / Mired in apathy, / lost in denial / One last Armageddon / —the price of your wile. Kurt Philip Behm
There is no emotion / Only apathy / Perhaps I have died a long time ago / Perhaps I'm a corpse in a world I don't know / Who would trade anything / To feel something / Anything. Katie Odell
God gave us apathy / Our people are starving on the streets tonight / Doesn't it make you feel hungry / A hundred people killed by war tonight / Doesn't it make you feel warm / And cozy. David Jordan
I found the light in your darkness / I found hope, in your mistakes / You left me broken, and heartless / You will feel my apathy. New Day Rising
What's the point in dying / When you might as well be dead already / It's the apathy that keeps me going steady. Finn Sylvester
Apathy is the overrated protection of that rock you're hiding under. Laura J.W. Ryan
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
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
Apathy is a spiritual numbness that creeps in and corrupts the good that God intends for our life and the good that He wants us to accomplish for Him and His kingdom. Elizabeth George
If I didn't care for fun and such, / I'd probably amount too much. / But I shall stay the way I am, / Because I do not give a damn. Dorothy Parker
It's a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares anymore; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity. Richard Yates
Sometimes we have to behave indifferently towards people who proclaim their love to us, just to see if they are really different. Michale Bassey Johnson
Even extreme grief may ultimately vent itself in violence--but more generally takes the form of apathy. Joseph Conrad
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 Capps
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
Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind. James Baldwin
Apathy is merely a learned behavior, a habit that can be changed. Susanna Barbee
Empathy nurtures wisdom. Apathy cultivates ignorance. Suzy Kassem