Thursday, January 18, 2007

A collection of aphorisms on neutrality

with no other endorsement other than that I found them thought provoking.

“Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality”

“Neutrality is at times a graver sin than belligerence.” Louis D. Brandeis

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Bishop Desmond Tutu.

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Wiesel

“People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo” Max Eastman

“Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness” Lajos Kossuth

“There are times when silence has the loudest voice” Leroy Brownlow

An attempt to preserve life in a state of neutrality and indifference is unreasonable and vain. Samuel Johnson

There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan. C.S. Lewis.

Neutrality is to side with the strongest. Aksel Sandemose

Neutral men are the devil's allies. Edwin Hubbell Chapin

It is well to be independent also well not to be neutral. Louis Kossuth

A friend to everybody and to nobody is the same thing. Spanish proverb

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