Would ne cede apathia sed humanitate be a sensical translation of "give in not to apathy, but humanity"? I am trying to keep this as few words as possible but without sounding too abrupt. I was also modeling this somewhat off of:

tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito

-- Virgil, Aeneid, 6, 95:

you should not give in to evils, but proceed ever more boldly against them

-- Translation from this list of latin phrases on Wikipedia.

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Cedere takes the dative, so it should be:

Ne apathiae cede, sed humanitati.

(Liking this word order better, but yours is fine too, of course.)

Other than that, I see no objections. Apathia and humanitas are fine (no false friends); you could also say lentitudo for apathy.

  • Thanks for your answer! By "false friends", you mean that apathia and humanitas work fine as opposites within the sentence, right?
    – Adam
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 13:19
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    @Adam False friends are words that look familiar but mean something other than you think they mean, like fascinare, ignorare or compendium. When translating a Greek or Latin loanword in English, one has to beware of these. But apathia and humanitas are “true friends” I think. Commented May 16, 2020 at 13:53
  • Ahh - that has bitten me a few times here and there.
    – Adam
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 14:33

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