Indifference. Perhaps the (non)reaction most feared by humans . It is often said that it is better to be talked about, even if it is badly. But, of course, that other people feel indifferent to our fate or misfortune makes us feel lonely and helpless.

Throughout history, many thinkers and philosophers have theorized about indifference and how it affects us.

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Famous phrases of indifference

In today’s article we are going to know the most outstanding phrases of indifference , pronounced by different writers, politicians, thinkers, entrepreneurs and other characters of great recognition.

1. Heroes are born out of human indifference to the suffering of others. (Nicholas Welles)

Enduring indescribable suffering, the heroes do not give up their efforts to improve their lives.

2. What is worrying is not the perversity of the wicked but the indifference of the good. (Martin Luther King)

A great celebrity event for the African American leader and rights activist.

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3. Indifference is silent support for injustice. (Jorge González Moore)

Very much in the vein of King’s sentence.

4. If you’re smart, you’re likely to feel that you’re indifferent to everything. (Marta Gárgoles)

Could being intelligent have anything to do with making life’s attacks less important?

5. Not caring at all about what people think of you is not only arrogance, but also shamelessness. (Cicero)

Great line from the great Roman speaker.

6. The indifference of Mexicans to death is nourished by their indifference to life. (Octavio Paz)

A scathing criticism by Octavio Paz of his nation’s designs.

7. Silence never manifests itself with such superiority as when it is used as a response to slander and defamation. (Joseph Addison)

Being indifferent to an injustice is sometimes the best option.

8. A guy gets on a subway in L.A. and dies, you think anyone notices? (Tom Cruise)

Phrase taken from the movie Vincent. Certainly, indifference towards others in cities can be shocking.

9. If you want to live happily, don’t mind being thought a fool. (Seneca)

It doesn’t matter what they think of you, as long as they leave you alone.

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10. To be indifferent to beauty is to have one’s eyes closed forever. (Tupac Shakur)

The American rapper defends his notion of beauty.

11. To the extent that the suffering of children is allowed, there is no true love in this world. (Isadora Duncan)

Reflection on the indifference towards the great injustices of our time.

12. The members of this generation will have to lament not only the hateful words and deeds of the bad people, but the clamorous silences of the good ones. (Ken Follett)

The inaction of good people is the final sentence of humanity.

13. As a rule, people are either very sure of everything or indifferent. (Jostein Gaarder)

Reflection of the Norwegian writer.

14. After failure, it is possible to go on and fail better; instead, indifference sinks us more and more into the quagmire of being stupid. (Slavoj Zizek)

Inaction is not acceptable, according to Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

15. I don’t hate you, because hate is a feeling, and I don’t feel anything for you. (Harry Potter)

Phrase taken from the JK Rowling saga.

16. Tolerance and patience are much deeper and more effective than mere indifference. (Dalai Lama)

Famous quote about the indifference of the Buddhist leader Dalai Lama.

17. Nothing is as fatal to religion as indifference. (Edmund Burke)

Anthropological vision: when people have no opinion about religion, it simply ceases to have an axial role in society.

18. The power of indifference! It is what allowed the stones to remain unchanged for millions of years. (Cesare Pavese)

Great metaphor for understanding the power of passivity, in some cases.

19. Indifference hardens the heart and is capable of eliminating any trace of affection. (Jorge González Moore)

Love is cut short when indifference appears on the scene.

20. Manufactured things have lost the noble indifference to the spheres of wealth and poverty. Everything today leaves its mark on its owner, who no longer has any choice but to present himself as a poor devil or, on the contrary, as a speculator. (Walter Benjamin)

Great economic reflection of the German exile.

21. Indifference is the dead weight of history. (Antonio Gramsci)

The Italian philosopher has this view on the development of history.

22. Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than indifference. (Iris Murdoch)

Is an irrational love preferable to the most biased indifference? Probably.

23. To be indifferent to someone is to condemn him to the worst of contempt. Omission is more hurtful than any action. (Pascual García Senderos)

One of those blood-curdling phrases of indifference.

24. War or indifference, it is not known which is easier to deal with. (Laura Restrepo)

Equally harmful and perfidious.

25. Indifference: an attitude adopted by a woman towards a man who does not interest her, which is interpreted by the man as “playing hard to get”. (Suffocate)

Incredible reflection of the Peruvian comedian.

26. Indifference has no beginning or end; it is an immutable state, a weight, an inertia that no one would be able to shake off. (Georges Perec)

Cold as an ice floe, that’s right.

27. Hate is not the most dangerous thing. It is indifference. (Lauren Oliver)

Maybe the worst thing we can get from someone. Total passivity.

28. To teach respect is to teach not to do everything that means contempt or indifference towards others. (Victoria Camps)

A pedagogical vision of the concept at hand.

29. Wherever people feel safe (…), they will feel indifference. (Susan Sontag)

Comfort is associated with a certain passivity.

30. Why do girls fall madly in love with men who make them suffer and treat with indifference those who would be willing to get them the moon? (Marc Levy)

Great reflection on the mysteries of female infatuation.

31. The real danger, son, is called indifference. My father had never taught me so much in a few words. (Elie Wiesel)

Good famous quote from the Jewish writer.

32. And although he was not very happy in this world, he found in the fulfillment of his duties, in his friends, and in his children, sufficient motives to love life and not to abandon it with indifference when his hour came. (Jane Austen)

About a friend who passed away.

33. I prefer people who love me or hate me to people who have no opinion of me. Indifference is scary. (Lady Gaga)

Phrase of the popular American singer.

34. I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. (Anatole France)

Life has to be lived, with enthusiasm and without too much reflection.

35. A great heart, no ingratitude closes it, no indifference tires it. (Leo Tolstoy)

A sentence about the indifference that could not be missing in this selection.