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Apathy Quotes

Apathy quote - The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indif
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.

Elie Wiesel's five-year-old grandson


Apathy quote - A lot of you cared, just not enough.
A lot of you cared, just not enough.

Jay Asher , Thirteen Reasons Why


Apathy quote - HUMAN BEINGS MAKE LIFE SO INTERESTING. DO YOU KNOW, THAT IN A UNIVERSE SO FULL OF WONDERS, THEY HAVE
HUMAN BEINGS MAKE LIFE SO INTERESTING. DO YOU KNOW, THAT IN A UNIVERSE SO FULL OF WONDERS, THEY HAVE MANAGED TO INVENT BOREDOM. (Death)

Terry Pratchett , Hogfather


Apathy quote - Hating requires caring. In which case, I couldn't possibly hate you.
Hating requires caring. In which case, I couldn't possibly hate you.

Alyson Noel , Blue Moon


Apathy quote - i will admit there's a certain degree of giving a fuck that goes into not giving a fuck. by saying y
i will admit there's a certain degree of giving a fuck that goes into not giving a fuck. by saying you don't care if the world falls apart, in some small way you're saying you want it to stay together, on your terms.

David Levithan , Will Grayson, Will Grayson


If I didn't care for fun and such,
I'd probably amount to much.
But I shall stay the way I am,
Because I do not give a damn.

Dorothy Parker or Irma Rombauer , Enough Rope


How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.

Winston S. Churchill , The River War


Apathy quote - All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

Noam Chomsky


Apathy quote - It's a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anythin
It's a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity.

Richard Yates , Revolutionary Road


Apathy quote - Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire a
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.

Abrahm Lincoln


Apathy quote - ...the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn. If somebody hates me, th
...the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn. If somebody hates me, they must "feel" something ... or they couldn't possibly hate. Therefore, there's some way in which I can get to them.

Leo F. Buscaglia


Apathy quote - Even when I try to stir myself up, I just get irritated because I can't make anything come out. And
Even when I try to stir myself up, I just get irritated because I can't make anything come out. And in the middle of the night I lie here thinking about all this. If I don't get back on track somehow, I'm dead, that's the sense I get. There isn't a single strong emotion inside me.

Banana Yoshimoto


Apathy quote - I would rather a romantic relationship turn into contempt than turn into apathy. The passion in the
I would rather a romantic relationship turn into contempt than turn into apathy. The passion in the extremities make it appear as though it once meant something. We grow from hot or cold, but lukewarm is the biggest insult.

Criss Jami


Scientists talk about dark matter, the invisible, mysterious substance that occupies the space between stars. Dark matter makes up 99.99 percent of the universe, and they don't know what it is. Well I do. It's apathy. That's the truth of it; pile together everything we know and care about in the universe and it will still be nothing more than a tiny speck in the middle of a vast black ocean of Who Gives a Fuck.

David Wong , John Dies at the End


Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, ....whence it becomes expedient for promoting the publick happiness that those persons, whom nature hath endowed with genius and virtue, should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive, and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens, and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or accidental condition of circumstance.

Thomas Jefferson , Writings: Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters


Apathy quote - I am not angry or sad or happy to see you. I could not give a shit. You don't even ripple.
I am not angry or sad or happy to see you. I could not give a shit. You don't even ripple.

Gillian Flynn , Dark Places


Apathy quote - After all, if you do not resist the apparently inevitable, you will never know how inevitable the in
After all, if you do not resist the apparently inevitable, you will never know how inevitable the inevitable was.

Terry Eagleton


Even extreme grief may ultimately vent
itself in violence--but more generally takes the form of apathy

Joseph Conrad , Heart of Darkness


Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing 'we' can do -- but who is that 'we'? -- and nothing 'they' can do either -- and who are 'they' -- then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.

Susan Sontag , Regarding the Pain of Others


Apathy quote - If I look at the mass I will never act.
If I look at the mass I will never act.

Mother Teresa


it doesn't matter if Prince Charles falls off his horse
or that the hummingbird is so seldom
seen
or that we are too senseless to go
insane.
coffee. give us more of that NOTHING
coffee.

Charles Bukowski , You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense


it doesn't matter if Prince Charles falls off his horse
or that the hummingbird is so seldom
seen
or that we are too senseless to go
insane.

coffee. give us more of that NOTHING
coffee.

Charles Bukowski , You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense


Apathy quote - Sometimes we have to behave indifferent towards people who proclaim their love to us, just to see if
Sometimes we have to behave indifferent towards people who proclaim their love to us, just to see if they are really different.

Michael Bassey Johnson


Apathy quote - You can present the material, but you can't make me care.
You can present the material, but you can't make me care.

Bill Watterson , Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat


Many have given up. They stay home and watch the TV screen, living on the earnings of their parents, cousins, bothers, or uncles, and only leave the house to go to the movies or to the nearest bar. "How're you making it?" on may ask, running into them along the block, or in the bar. "Oh, I'm TV-ing it"; with the saddest, sweetest, most shamefaced of smiles, and from a great distance. This distance one is compelled to respect; anyone who has traveled so far will not easily be dragged again into the world. There are further retreats, of course, than the TV screen or the bar. There are those who are simply sitting on their stoops, "stoned," animated for a moment only, and hideously, by the approach of someone who may lend them the money for a "fix." Or by the approach of someone from whom they can purchase it, one of the shrewd ones, on the way to prison or just coming out.

James Baldwin , Nobody Knows My Name


Apathy quote - American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting ag
American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.

Marshall McLuhan


Apathy quote - I didn't care about anything. And there's a freedom in apathy, a wild, dizzying liberation on which
I didn't care about anything. And there's a freedom in apathy, a wild, dizzying liberation on which you can almost get drunk. You can do anything. Ask Kevin.

Lionel Shriver , We Need to Talk About Kevin


We've forgotten much. How to struggle, how to rise to dizzy heights and sink to unparalleled depths. We no longer aspire to anything. Even the finer shades of despair are lost to us. We've ceased to be runners. We plod from structure to conveyance to employment and back again. We live within the boundaries that science has determined for us. The measuring stick is short and sweet. The full gamut of life is a brief, shadowy continuum that runs from gray to more gray. The rainbow is bleached. We hardly know how to doubt anymore. (The Thing)

Richard Matheson


Apathy quote - The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to
The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.

Fulton J. Sheen


There's so much I should say, so many things I should tell him, but in the end I tell him nothing.
I cut a line and my losses, and I light a cigarette.

Clint Catalyst


You just sit there and tolerate it, the same way everything in this country is tolerated. Every deception, every lie, every bullet in the brains. Just as you are already tolerating bullets in the brains that will be implemented only after the bullet is put in your brains.

Imre Kertész , Felszámolás


Nobody wants to know how you feel, yet, they want you to do what they feel.

Michael Bassey Johnson


It was nice of her to want to believe the best about me. People tend to do that with the strangers they're fucking. If she wanted to think that apathy and independence were the same thing, good for her. Maybe she was right.

Paul Neilan , Apathy and Other Small Victories


Nor did he give a damn for the world either, or the universe, or heaven or hell. But he liked women.

John Fante


Often, vegan advocates assume that a person's defensiveness is the result of selfishness or apathy, when in fact it is much more likely the result of systematic and intensive social conditioning.

Melanie Joy


Even as I'm shoveling up my hooter, I realize the sad truth. Coke bores me, It bores us all. We're jaded cunts, in a scene we hate, a city we hate, pretending that we're at the center of the universe, trashing ourselves with crap drugs to stave off the feeling that real life is happening somewhere else, aware that all we're doing is feeding that paranoia and disenchantment, yet somehow we're too apathetic to stop. Cause, sadly, there's nothing else of interest to stop for.

Irvine Welsh , Porno


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


Hate isn’t the opposite of love, apathy is. Hating doesn’t free you from feeling anything. You have to carry it around, using every scar, every little memory like a building block. Like a stone in a wall, until you’ve created a new person, a new life that you can live with.

Rasmenia Massoud


It is the apathetic person that sees the cause while the charitable person sees the need.

Shannon L. Alder


What I used to say to people, when I was much more engagé myself, is that you can't be apolitical. It will come and get you. It's not that you shouldn't be neutral. It's that you won't be able to stay neutral.

Christopher Hitchens


It’s a highly deceptive world, one that constantly asks you to comment but doesn’t really care what you have to say.

David Levithan , Two Boys Kissing


...you want things to remain the same, which they never can, and so you’re wounded by your own feelings & resentful others don’t seem to care...

John j Geddes


It's an apathy so absolute that it's like a hole you might fall in.

Lionel Shriver , We Need to Talk About Kevin


I no longer follow the voices of the sane. I follow the ill because they see farther, feel much more and change what the sane will not. This is the paradox of philosophers---trying to understand mass delusion among great people that have faith and knowledge, yet they can’t graduate from their institutions of religious theology to apply the knowledge they have gained for the shifting of Zion---- from words to action; from comfort to uncomfortable; from self serving to self giving; from competition to supporting; to tradition to unity; from bias to acceptance; from me to us.

Shannon L. Alder


He was simply someone who floated through our lives and didn't seem to care how flatly he perceived everyone or that he'd shared our secret failures with the world, showcasing the youthful indifference, the gleaming nihilism, glamorizing the horror of it all.

Bret Easton Ellis


Historical determinism is a recipe for political quietism.

Terry Eagleton


Apathetic people sit back and wait for things to get better before they move. Radical people make things get better, by how they move.

Shannon L. Alder


I concluded that the best thing for me and for those around me was to want nothing, to be enthusiastic about nothing, to be as unmotivated as possible, in fact, so that I would never again hurt anyone.

Kurt Vonnegut , Deadeye Dick


You wouldn't believe how much harder it's getting for me to just leave my studio. It's really sad. In fact these days the only thing that gets me outside is when I say: Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck you. Fuck me. Fuck this. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

Mark Z. Danielewski , House of Leaves


Peel off these dusty wool blankets of apathy and antipathy and cynical desiccation. I want life in all its stupid sticky rawness.

Isaac Marion