Top 77 Indifference Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Indifference Quotes from famous people such as Betsy Hodges, Helen Fisher, H. P. Lovecraft, George Eliot, Octavio Paz, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

In Minneapolis, we believe in connection, not alienatio

In Minneapolis, we believe in connection, not alienation. We believe in compassion, not indifference. We believe in love, but we are not timid.
Betsy Hodges
At first I assumed hate was the opposite of love. But it isn’t. The opposite of love is indifference.
Helen Fisher
Indeed, there is much in pure humanitarian culture, as opposed to rigid scientific training, which encourages absorption in the affairs of mankind, and more or less indifference to the unfathomed abysses of star-strown space that yawn interminably about this terrestrial grain of dust.
H. P. Lovecraft
No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.
George Eliot
An unread author is an author who is a victim of the worst kind of censorship, indifference – a censorship more effective than the Ecclesiastical Index.
Octavio Paz
The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.
Bess Myerson
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
George Eliot
What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life’s major mysteries.
Iris Murdoch
I always say now it’s the indifference that kills patients in the field and different populations. We have to break our indifference towards the suffering of people elsewhere.
Joanne Liu
The idea of ‘machine assemblage’ is, especially, very alien to my sensibility, since it suggests a relative indifference of the strata to one another during the process of construction.
Brian Ferneyhough
Tolerance is another word for indifference.
W. Somerset Maugham
Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal.
William Hazlitt
I think the last thing you want to do as a writer, as a storyteller, is to create indifference. I don’t necessarily go out of my way to provoke, but I would much rather have a song that triggers a whole myriad of reactions than a song that inspires a shrug of the shoulder.
Dan Hill
The inertia of the governed cannot be disentangled from the indifference of the government. American leaders have both a circular and a deliberate relationship to public opinion.
Samantha Power
My work is about the underbelly of the beauty of nature – and the dark side of nature is its indifference. Nature isn’t friendly, nor is it unfriendly – it’s the perfect embodiment of the Other.
April Gornik
Rebellion has its roots in government’s indifference and incompetence.
Mike Barnicle
My indifference to money and my spendthrift ways are disgraceful. You have no idea how reckless I am; how often I practically throw money out of the window. I am always making good resolutions, but the next minute I forget and give the waiter eightpence.
Robert Schumann
Philosophic meditation is an accomplishment by which I attain Being and my own self, not impartial thinking which studies a subject with indifference.
Karl Jaspers
The older I get, the more aware I am of the banality and indifference of a place like Trinidad to any development of the arts.
Derek Walcott
It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham. He was always so entirely there.
Gore Vidal
If it turns out that there are emotions and values that are more numerous and more vibrant than indifference and hatred, things are going to be okay. That depends on us.
Timothy D. Snyder
When I came to the last line of ‘Car Crash While Hitchhiking,’ I read it as a pitiless statement of indifference: a refusal to warn the family of their impending collision, a refusal to help when miraculously spared, a refusal to act on the empathy hiding behind the story’s language.
Anthony Marra
I don’t understand how people of intelligence can reconcile what I see as constant proof of divine indifference to human outcomes with a reverence for God. To me it’s a mystery.
Heather Mac Donald
The Chinaman has only a passive courage, but this courage he possesses in the highest degree. His indifference to death is truly extraordinary. When he is ill, he sees it approach, and does not falter. When condemned, and already in the hands of an officer, he manifests no fear.
Jules Verne
If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
Jack Kerouac
Politeness is organized indifference.
Paul Valery
There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.
Charles Caleb Colton
If you’re facing rejection right now, it’s very important to realize, especially in a down market, that it’s not personal. Really. Truly. The indifference of the system is also crushing. But perhaps it’s better than thinking that someone was out to get you.
Timothy Morton
I’m not very interested in people. I recognize it in myself – there is a basic indifference toward people.
Joan Didion
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Anatole France
The individual is capable of both great compassion and

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.
Norman Cousins
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
J. K. Rowling
After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
Henry David Thoreau
Incidentally, one of the most worrying problems in the impact of Western modernity on traditional culture is that it quite rapidly communicates its own indifference or anxiety or even hostility about age and ageing.
Rowan Williams
We are born knowing nothing and with much striving we learn but a little; yet all the while we are bound by laws that hearken to no plea of ignorance, and measure out their rewards and punishments with calm indifference.
Paul Elmer More
I was an appalling person to teach. At 14, I was pretty advanced. I would read all the books in a few minutes, and I was bored. It must have been awful for a teacher to have a bright boy who’s giving them his undivided indifference.
Robert Rinder
Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.
Andrea Dworkin
The Onion Field, that one got pretty close to me because I was a cop when it happened. I saw some of the indifference that my police department showed to the surviving officer.
Joseph Wambaugh
Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
Charlie Chaplin
The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.
Dag Hammarskjold
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
Elie Wiesel
Over the years, Chevron has behaved in a way that reinforces the worst stereotypes about large corporations: it has cynically avoided responsibility for its past and watched in indifference as more people become sick and die because of its failure to deal with its legacy environmental issues.
Kerry Kennedy
Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.
Andre Maurois
Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another’s heart, or its flame burns low.
Henry Ward Beecher
I had only one idea before me throughout the trial, i.e. to show complete indifference towards the trial in spite of serious nature of the charges against us.
Bhagat Singh
I hated her now with a hatred more fatal than indifference because it was the other side of love.
August Strindberg
Forgiveness is indifference. Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts.
Mary Boykin Chesnut
Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun.
Samuel Richardson
We live in an age of technology and science that demands proof, and yet we desire mystery. But when God gives us mystery, we seek to destroy it by gross indifference or childish reasoning.
Mother Angelica
The effect of violent dislike between groups has always created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
There’s Jay-Z, who morphs a certain street hustler’s cool and indifference into CEO extravagance. But for all his prominence, Jay-Z hasn’t written a lot of crossover hits.
Michael Paterniti
It is a matter of great indifference to me what criticism is printed in the papers and the magazines. I am simply working out my own ideas in my own way.
Marcel Duchamp
The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.
Tim Holden
Some have deplored Lincoln’s indifference to Christianity. But it was not religion, it was religiosity that put him off.
Gore Vidal
I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem a matter of indifference to me.
Jean Racine
There are many different types of racism from people of different colours and nationalities. There is no vaccine to fight this and no antibiotics to take. It’s a dangerous and infectious virus which is strengthened by indifference and inaction.
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference.
Sydney J. Harris
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Haile Selassie
Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
Elie Wiesel
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
Robert M. Hutchins
I have nothing against rich brothers and sisters. Pray for ’em every day. But callousness and indifference, greed and avarice is something that’s shot through all of us.
Cornel West
Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.

Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
What I know most is that the difference between us is what makes us interesting and attractive and problematic and exciting and vital to each other. Give me difference over indifference any day.
Ali Smith
From the very first, my countrymen have followed my literary career, now criticizing, now praising my work, but hardly ever letting a single word be buried in indifference.
Halldor Laxness
On the human rights side, administration policy has been marked by indifference. When the people of Iran flooded the streets to protest the theft of their presidential election in June 2009, President Obama was silent for 11 days.
Elliott Abrams
Everything is pathology, except for indifference.
Emil Cioran
The dominant economic approach of the last thirty years is now on its last legs. Letting the market rip and an indifference to inequality are now seen as important causes of the greatest economic crash since the 1930s.
Frances O’Grady
Crowd involvement plays a huge part in the performance of a professional wrestler. The only thing I do not want to hear when I am in the ring is the sound of indifference.
Ethan Carter III
Passion must be concealed in a society where cold reserve and indifference are the signs of good breeding.
Anton Chekhov
At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.
Soren Kierkegaard
If you tell stories you love, you will never tell them with indifference – take it to the bank.
Carmen Agra Deedy
We win with facts that are well expressed and frequently communicated; we lose with silence and indifference to the broader social context.
Richard Edelman
These funerals always appear to me the more indecent in a populous city, from the total indifference of the beholders, and the perfect unconcern with which they are beheld.
Karl Philipp Moritz
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
It’s indifference and ignorance that stops people from doing the right thing.
Diego Luna
Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
Iris Murdoch