Sermon quotes on Apathy

Phillips Brooks

Sad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life he is living, with the thoughts that he is thinking, with the deeds that he is doing, when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do.

Addresses by the Right Reverend Phillips Brooks (1893, Los Angeles: Hard Press, 2006), 25.

Hal Donaldson

Apathy is telling yourself, The most important thing is that I make it through to the other side—what happens to everyone else is their business. It’s saying, Change is impossible or inevitable no matter what I do, so why should I get involved?

Disruptive Compassion: Becoming the Revolutionary You Were Born to Be, Zondervan, 2019.

Marlena Graves

Let us not confuse God’s silence with apathy. We want to goad God into speaking before it is time. This he does not do. This he will not do. God will not be hurried in his grief. Our God is a God who gives grief its time. He laments fully.

A Beautiful Disaster, Baker Publishing Group, 2014, p.42-43.

Thomas a Kempis

So fixed are our spirits in slothfulness and cold indifference that we seldom overcome so much as one evil habit.

Martin Luther

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.

Peter Marshall

A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.

John Newton

There are many who stumble in the noon-day, not for want of light, but for want of eyes.

Blaise Pascal

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.

Leonard Ravenhill

Many of us are hunting mice – while lions devour the land.

John Stott

We should not ask, “What is wrong with the world?” for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, “What has happened to the salt and light?”

John Stott

Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable.

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