Quotations About
apathy

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

“First they came…” is a famous statement attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. There is some disagreement over the exact wording of the quotation and when it was created; the content of the quotation may have been presented differently by Niemöller on different occasions. Source: Wikipedia.

Charlotte: You have done nothing to be ashamed of.
Benjamin: I have done nothing. And for that I am ashamed.

Posted in: The Patriot

Jane: Run down the list of causes you volunteer for again?
Daria: I protested that book burning last year.
Jane: You yelled at the TV screen.

The Old and the Beautiful (1999)
Posted in: Daria

“We would love to stay and help,” shouted Ford, picking his way over the mangled debris, “only we’re not going to.”

I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

Speech in Detroit, Michigan, June 23 1963

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Stride Towards Freedom
Often paraphrased as "One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it."

The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness, than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.

"American Literature — Dr. Channing," Edinburgh Review, (October 1829)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.

Posted in: Molière