Quotes About Neutrality

Quotes tagged as "neutrality" (showing 1-27 of 27)
Dante Alighieri
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
Dante Alighieri

Desmond Tutu
“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.”
Desmond Tutu

Paulo Freire
“Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ”
Paulo Freire

Michael Bassey Johnson
“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

Howard Zinn
“Why should we cherish “objectivity”, as if ideas were innocent, as if they don’t serve one interest or another? Surely, we want to be objective if that means telling the truth as we see it, not concealing information that may be embarrassing to our point of view. But we don’t want to be objective if it means pretending that ideas don’t play a part in the social struggles of our time, that we don’t take sides in those struggles.

Indeed, it is impossible to be neutral. In a world already moving in certain directions, where wealth and power are already distributed in certain ways, neutrality means accepting the way things are now. It is a world of clashing interests – war against peace, nationalism against internationalism, equality against greed, and democracy against elitism – and it seems to me both impossible and undesirable to be neutral in those conflicts.”
Howard Zinn, Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology

Howard Zinn
“You can't be neutral on a moving train.”
Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

Paulo Freire
“The educator has the duty of not being neutral.”
Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change

Christopher Hitchens
“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

Criss Jami
“Armed neutrality makes it much easier to detect hypocrisy.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Every side attacks you when you don't take sides.”
Marty Rubin

Ian Fleming
“For her, sex was nothing more than an itch. And this phsychological and physiological neutrality of hers at once relieved her of so many human emotions and sentiments and desires. Sexual neutrality was the essence of coldness in an individual. It was a great and wonderful thing to be born with.”
Ian Fleming, From Russia With Love

Nadine Gordimer
“A truly living human being cannot remain neutral.”
Nadine Gordimer, The Quotable Gordimer; or, The Wit and Wisdom of Nadine Gordimer

“A bridge has no allegiance to either side.”
Les Coleman

“The state does not oppose the freedom of people to express their particular cultural attachments, but nor does it nurture such expression—rather [...] it responds with 'benign neglect' [....] The members of ethnic and national groups are protected against discrimination and prejudice, and they are free to maintain whatever part of their ethnic heritage or identity they wish, consistent with the rights of others. But their efforts are purely private, and it is not the place of public agencies to attach legal identities or disabilities to cultural membership or ethnic identity. This separation of state and ethnicity precludes any legal or governmental recognition of ethnic groups, or any use of ethnic criteria in the distribution of rights, resources, and duties.”
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights

Ljupka Cvetanova
“I don't represent anyone's opinion. Not even my own. I'm neutral.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Vaughn Sherman
“Neutrality may be useful, but it's useful like eunuchs are useful. Once you cut off their balls they grow big and strong, but you can never be sure if they will serve the harem or the master.”
Vaughn Sherman, Sasha Plotkin's Deceit

Ljupka Cvetanova
“There are no independent people. Even when you are standing aside, you are taking a side.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Dwight D. Eisenhower
“If you are waging peace, you can't be too particular sometimes about the special attitudes that different countries take. We were a young country once, and our whole policy for the first 150 years was, we were neutral. We must not be parsimonious, as long as we are not shooting, we are not spending one tenth as much.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A scientist has to be neutral in his search for the truth, but he cannot be neutral as to the use of that truth when found. If you know more than other people, you have more responsibility, rather than less.”
C.P. Snow

Criss Jami
“Extreme right-wingers are known for giving God a bad name; extreme left-wingers are known for giving God a weak name. He's not as simple as conservative versus liberal, old versus new. His wings are balanced. God is both and neither.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“The best thing about being neutral and not believing or disbelieving in anything is that the nature reveals the truth in front of you automatically.”
Aishwarya Shiva Pareek

“Political centrism ≠ neutrality. Being a centrist doesn't make you unbiased; it biases you in favour of the centre.”
Rodney Ulyate

William Saroyan
“Whatever neutrality is, it is not very useful to anybody, and time is running out. If we do not do useful things whenever it is possible or necessary to do them, we shall soon be totally departed from the human scene, and forgotten, or remembered only for having disappeared. Armenians are too vital to be permitted to throw themselves away in neutrality, comfort, well-being, satisfaction, and so on and so forth.”
William Saroyan, An Armenian Trilogy

“She was never neutral, but she could be tolerant, although it was hard work - never a tolerance of indifference.”
Mary Allsebrook, Born to Rebel: The Life of Harriet Boyd Hawes

“Becoming thoughtless does not mean, non-existence of thought. It simply means reaching out to the absolute state of the consciousness which is free of thinking. All of us need a thought to allow universal consciousness to express itself through finite medium – but in the end – the expression itself is infinite, whether visible or invisible”
drunken mystic

Erwin W. Lutzer
“Each temptation leaves us better or worse; neutrality is impossible.”
Erwin W. Lutzer

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