Inaction Quotes

Most popular inaction quotes

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil was that good men should do nothing.

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Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

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Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.