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NEUTRALITY
[ Also see Bias Broad-mindedness Diplomacy Disinterestedness Fanaticism Indecision Indifference Interest Isolationism Toleration ]

As for the ass's behavior in such nice circumstances; whether he would starve sooner than violate his neutrality to the two bundles of hay, I shall not presume to determine.
      - Joseph Addison

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

Neutrality is no favorite with Providence, for we are so formed that it is scarcely possible for us to stand neuter in our hearts, although we may deem it prudent to appear so in our actions.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
  [This miserable mode
    Maintain the melancholy souls of those
      Who lived withouten infamy or praise.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"),
        The Divine Comedy ((Inferno, canto iii)),
        (Longfellow translation) first portion is an oft-quoted paraphrase of bracketed portion

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

There is in some men a dispassionate neutrality of mind, which, though it generally passes for good temper, can neither gratify nor warm us: it must indeed be granted that these men can only negatively offend: but then it should also be remembered that they cannot positively please.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Neutrality in things good or evil is both odious and prejudicial; but in matters of an indifferent nature is safe and commendable. Herein taking of parts maketh sides, and breaketh unity. In an unjust cause of separation, he that favoreth both parts may perhaps have least love of either side, but hath most charity in himself.
      - Joseph Hall

Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness.
      - Louis Kossuth

A wise neuter joins with neither, but uses both, as his honest interest leads him.
      - William Penn

Neutrality is dangerous, whereby thou becomest a necessary prey to the conqueror.
      - Francis Quarles

The heart is never neutral.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)


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