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Indifference

  • Poise and indifference so often look the same.

  • It is not opposition but indifference which separates men.

  • Indifference is the acid of life. It erodes all the spirit that's in us and makes us useless to anyone else. We all have to stand for something, or our souls cease to breathe.

  • ... people never write calmly but when they write indifferently.

  • My dear, I don't give a damn.

  • What else can we do / but garden our shadows / while far away / the universe burns and vanishes?

    • Andrée Chedid,
    • "What Are We Playing At?" in Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone, eds., A Book of Women Poets From Antiquity to Now ()
  • All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.

  • After inside upheavals, it is important to fix on imperturbable things. Their imperturbableness, their air that nothing has happened renews our guarantee.

  • One can suffer a convulsion of one's entire nature, and, unless it makes some noise, no one notices. It's not just that we are incurious; we completely lack any sense of each other's existences.

  • It is impossible, except for theologians, to conceive of a world-wide scandal or a universe-wide scandal; the proof of this is the way people have settled down to living with nuclear fission, radiation poisoning, hydrogen bombs, satellites, and space rockets.

  • One must be very strong, or very stupid, or completely exhausted to face life with indifference.

  • ... their ill-concealed indifference to his travels and their interest in local affairs soon cured him of travellers' tales and he began to realize the deep truth that no one, broadly speaking, ever wishes to hear what you have been doing.

  • Love and hate always remember; it is only indifference that forgets.

  • Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike ...

  • The cold indifference, the each-for-himself look in the eyes of the people about her were like stinging slaps in the face.

  • Indifference is the invincible giant of the world.

  • I want to make people feel intensely alive. I'd rather have them against me than indifferent.

    • Martha Graham,
    • in Barbara McDowell and Hana Umlauf, Woman's Almanac ()
  • Moppet sounded as unconcerned as a moth in a steamer rug.

  • ... nothing makes one so easily a fatalist as indifference.

  • ... fear cannot exist when one is indifferent to life.

  • Indifference breeds animosity.

  • Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance against it.

  • ... when people are long indifferent to us, we grow indifferent to their indifference.