Quotes About Neutrality

Quotes tagged as "neutrality" (showing 1-30 of 37)
Dante Alighieri
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
Dante Alighieri

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

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

Yohji Yamamoto
“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: "I don’t bother you - don’t bother me".”
Yohji Yamamoto

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

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

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

Leo Tolstoy
“There are no conditions to which a man may not become accustomed, particularly if he sees that they are accepted by those about him.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Alaric Hutchinson
“It is very possible to acknowledge another person’s concerns without entering into their vibration.”
Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

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

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

Will Kymlicka
“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

Jorge Ramos
“Elie Wiesel says that neutrality only helps the oppressor, never the victim. And I think you can apply that to journalism.”
Jorge Ramos

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

Rodney Ulyate
“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

Alaric Hutchinson
“A ‘caring’ judgment is still a judgment. And any form of judgment creates blocks and stagnation.”
Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

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

Eleanor Herman
“But as the late- seventeenth-century philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz said, 'To be neutral is rather like someone who lives in the middle of a house and is smoked out from below and drenched with urine from above.”
Eleanor Herman, Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics

Drunken Mystic
“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

Clare O'Dea
“The perceived failings of leaders of other neutral or occupied European countries, including France, Spain, Sweden or Norway, or of the countries that fought alongside the Nazis, have not caught the public imagination in the English-speaking world in anything like the same way.”
Clare O'Dea, The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths

“Neutrality wears upon it the bias dress, whether direct or indirect way since no one shows and proves naturally or habitually, to be a natural. It demonstrates a legal, virtuous and impeccable idiocy.”
Ehsan Sehgal

Andrzej Sapkowski
“- Toi et ta grande cause... (Ignorant le troubadour, le sorceleur avança en titubant.) Ta grande cause, Filippa, et ton choix, c'est un blessé, poignardé de sang-froid, quand il a eu fini d'avouer ce que tu voulais savoir et qu'il m'était interdit de connaître. Ta grande cause, ce sont tous ces cadavres qui n'auraient pas dû être... Pardon, je me suis mal exprimé... Ce ne sont pas des cadavres... mais des causes de moindre importance !
- Je savais que tu ne comprendrais pas.
- Non, en effet. Et je ne le comprendrai jamais. Mais je sais ce qu'il en est. Vos grandes affaires, vos guerres, votre combat pour sauver le monde... Votre fin qui justifie vos moyens... Tends l'oreille, Filippa. Tu entends ces voix, ces cris ? Ce sont de gros chats qui luttent pour une grande cause. Un règne absolu sur un tas d'ordures. Ce n'est pas rien, là-bas, on fait couler du sang et on s'étripe. Là-bas, c'est la guerre. Mais ces deux guerres, celle des chats et la tienne, m'importent incroyablement peu !”
Andrzej Sapkowski, Krew elfów

جلجامش نبيل, Gilgamesh Nabeel
“القداسة تعني بالضرورة أن تخلق نظرة إيجابية تعميك عن رؤية الحقيقة المرة لما تقرأ أو تحاول تقييمه، بل إن تقييم المقدس مسألة مثيرة للسخرية، ما دمت تعتبره مقدساً سيكون تقييمك إيجابياً حتماً.”
جلجامش نبيل, Gilgamesh Nabeel, صراع الأقنعة

Andrzej Sapkowski
“- Toi et ta grande cause... (Ignorant le troubadour, le sorceleur avança en titubant.) Ta grande cause, Filippa, et ton choix, c'est un blessé, poignardé de sang-froid, quand il a eu fini d'avouer ce que tu voulais savoir et qu'il m'était interdit de connaître. Ta grande cause, ce sont tous ces cadavres qui n'auraient pas dû être... Pardon, je me suis mal exprimé... Ce ne sont pas des cadavres... mais des causes de moindre importance !
- Je savais que tu ne comprendrais pas.
- Non, en effet. Et je ne le comprendrais jamais. Mais je sais ce qu'il en est. Vos grandes affaires, vos guerres, votre combat pour sauver le monde... Votre fin qui justifie vos moyens... Tends l'oreille, Filippa. Tu entends ces voix, ces cris ? Ce sont de gros chats qui luttent pour une grande cause. Un règne absolu sur un tas d'ordures. Ce n'est pas rien, là-bas, on fait couler du sang et on s'étripe. Là-bas, c'est la guerre. Mais ces deux guerres, celle des chats et la tienne, m'importent incroyablement peu !”
Andrzej Sapkowski, Krew elfów

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