Bystander Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bystander quotes, bystander sayings, and bystander proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

All the bystanders at an event worthy of note adopt various gestures of admiration when contemplating the occurrence.     

Leonardo da Vinci

A man's work is his dilemma: his job is his bondage, but it also gives him a fair share of his identity and keeps him from being a bystander in somebody else's world.     

Melvin Maddocks

The measure of a civilization is in the courage, not of its soldiers, but of its bystanders.     

Jack Mcdevitt

One of the ill effects of cruelty is that it makes the bystanders cruel.     

Sir Fowell Buxton

The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One eye witness is better than ten hear sayers.     


The honest and good man ought to be exactly like a man who smells strong, so that the bystander as soon as he comes near him must smell whether he choose or not.     

Marcus Aurelius

What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.     

Elie Wiesel