Best Quotes About Obedience

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty. -Nadia Boulanger

Religion is more like response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert. -Austin Farrer

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. -Benjamin Franklin

Force does not constitute right… obedience is due only to legitimate powers. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

What we call 'morals' is simply blind obedience to words of command. -Havelock Ellis

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down. -Robert Benchley

A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery. -C. S. Lewis

Two kinds of men generally best succeed in political life; men of no principle, but of great talent; and men of no talent, but of one principle – that of obedience to their superiors. -Wendell Phillips

If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail. -Ulysses S. Grant

There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience. -Anatole Broyard

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media. -Noam Chomsky

It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country. -Hannah Arendt

Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience. -Thomas Chandler Haliburton

I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child. -Anne Sullivan

I find this proposed amendment very, very, very, very shocking. And immoral. And, you know, if civil disobedience is the way to go about change, then I think a lot of people will be going to San Francisco. -Rosie O'Donnell

Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due; woe to him that refuses it when it is. -Thomas Carlyle

Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men. -Harry Day

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder. -Alexander Berkman

Satan cannot win. Why not? Because he has denied God's sovereignty and disobeyed God's law. But Moses was told explicitly, God's blessings come only from obedience. Satan will not win because he has abandoned God's tool of dominion, biblical law. -Gary North

If God creates a world of particles and waves, dancing in obedience to mathematical and physical laws, who are we to say that he cannot make use of those laws to cover the surface of a small planet with living creatures? -Martin Gardner

Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience. -Mary Wollstonecraft

Various are the pleas and arguments which men of corrupt minds frequently urge against yielding obedience to the just and holy commands of God. -George Whitefield

Teachability and trust always leads to total obedience. -Ed Townsend

I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible. -Saint Teresa of Avila

To rest satisfied with existing evils, as if we could do nothing, is not obedience; but neither is it obedience to imitate the actions of the apostles. -John Nelson Darby

When obedience to the Divine precepts keeps pace with knowledge, in the mind of any man, that man is a Christian; and when the fruits of Christianity are produced, that man is a disciple of our blessed Lord, let his profession of religion be what it may. -Joseph Lancaster

The name of Jesus, like a secret charm, awakened similar emotions in the hearts of all the converts, and called immediately into action every feeling of moral loveliness, and every desire of dutiful obedience, which constitute Christian purity. -John Strachan

The drill instructor must have total and complete control. Mindless obedience is what he's after. -R. Lee Ermey

Let it ever be remembered that genuine faith in Christ will ever be productive of good works; for this faith worketh by love, as the apostle says, and love to God always produces obedience to his holy laws. -Adam Clarke

Common tyrants, and public oppressors, are not intitled to obedience from their subjects, by virtue of any thing here laid down by the inspired apostle. -Jonathan Mayhew

Fits did not go over well in my house. There was a lot of discipline and obedience and you had to be very ladylike. Ladies didn't curse and I still don't curse in front of my parents. -Daisy Fuentes

I believe that Gandhi was correct. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way to bring about change that allows people to enjoy the change and not get killed in the process. -Edward James Olmos

Although the whole man partakes of this grace, it is first and most appropriately in the soul and later progresses to the body, inasmuch as the body of the man is capable of the same obedience to the will of God as the soul. -William Ames

I have accordingly considered it, and now appear not only in obedience to your order, but likewise in behalf of the inhabitants of this town, who have presented another petition, and out of regard to the liberties of the subject. -James Otis

After the knowledge of, and obedience to, the will of God, the next aim must be to know something of His attributes of wisdom, power, and goodness as evidenced by His handiwork. -James Prescott Joule

If all Church power vests in the clergy, then the people are practically bound to passive obedience in all matters of faith and practice; for all right of private judgment is then denied. -Charles Hodge

By his disobedience of God's law, before man had exercised his power to bring children into the earth, not only Adam lost everything for himself, but his children were born as sinners, imperfect, and without the right to live. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

It is with obedience to your call that I take up the burden of government leadership for the final time. -Kamisese Mara

I have always looked on disobedience toward the oppressive as the only way to use the miracle of having been born. -Oriana Fallaci

The only positive finding which could be drawn from the first series, was the conclusion that the relationships obviously had a more complicated lay-out than had been thought, for the effects were so varied that no obedience to any law could be discovered. -Walter Rudolf Hess

King consciously steered away from legal claims and instead relied on civil disobedience. -Constance Baker Motley

I'm so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. -John Gresham Machen

Obedience is an act of faith; disobedience is the result of unbelief. -Edwin Louis Cole

I honestly do not know if civil disobedience has any effect on the government. I can promise you it has a great effect on the person who chooses to do it. -Martin Sheen

My first civil disobedience arrest for social justice was in 1986 for protesting the SDI. -Martin Sheen

Yes, what has happened is we have moved from responding to these terrorist attacks as acts of civil disobedience to getting to the point after September 11 that we said, no, this is not just civil disobedience, this is an act of war. -Marsha Blackburn

The Hungarian ministry begged the king earnestly to issue orders to all troops and commanders of fortresses in Hungary, enjoining fidelity to the Constitution, and obedience to the ministers of Hungary. -Lajos Kossuth

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. -William Penn

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. -Henry David Thoreau

Strength was the virtue of paganism; obedience is the virtue of Christianity. -David Hare

The virtue of paganism was strength; the virtue of Christianity is obedience. -Augustus Hare

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. -Susan B. Anthony

Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our self-respect. -Bruno Bettelheim

Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits. -Walter Bagehot

Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones – maybe only the stones – understood. -Annie Dillard

The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism, and ought to have no place among Republicans and Christians. -Angelina Grimke

All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former – of the corruption of the will. -Alexander Herzen

Civil disobedience is not accepted by religion and the state does not accept it and there are many verses in the Holy Book that talk of following the ruler. -Pope Shenouda III

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit. -Charles Stanley

The bottom line in the Christian life is obedience and most people don't even like the word. -Charles Stanley

Traditional Islam is a mixture of all obedience to Allah, and if that requires militancy, so be it. -Deepak Chopra

Women have to risk civil disobedience for their rights. -Sonia Johnson

I was successful materially, but I know life is much more than worldly success. I saw all these blessings God had given me. The way to give thanks is obedience to God. -Hakeem Olajuwon

Because of the Chinese culture of obedience, you don't ask questions… You follow and obey. -Bai Ling

Christians must share their faith in obedience to the Great Commission, because we are only seeing the fruit of sin this side of death. -Ray Comfort

I'm the kind of person who always wants more. I was successful materially, but I know life is much more than worldly success. I saw all these blessings God had given me. The way to give thanks is obedience to God. -Hakeem Olajuwon

I am at a crossroads; I have always been against armed opposition… I have chosen civil disobedience. But I will apologize to my people if there are funerals coming out of prisons. I will criticize myself and I won't be the mayor of Diyarbakir. -Osman Baydemir

Grades don't measure anything other than your relevant obedience to a manager. -John Taylor Gatto

Parents learn the uses of power and its limits. They can insist on certain outward behavior but cannot change inner attitudes. They can require obedience but not goodness – and certainly not love. -Philip Yancey

We are all responsible to Jesus first, and then, under him, to various other persons and offices. Discerning the path of love and obedience when two or more of these submissive relationships collide is a call to humble, Bible-saturated, spiritual wisdom. -John Piper

God's promises are all on condition of humble obedience. -Ellen G. White

Any number of scoundrels, having money enough to start with, can establish themselves as a 'government'; because, with money, they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort more money; and also compel general obedience to their will. -Lysander Spooner

There was a belief after World War I that painting could be an act of civil revolt. I want this exhibition, 'New Museum,' to be an act of civil disobedience. It's not so much about the New Museum on the Bowery, but the idea of challenging museums as projections of cultural authority. It's painting as insurgency. -Richard Phillips

I've been arrested three times. I don't like getting arrested, but it's not so bad when it's an organized form of nonviolent disobedience. It's something appealing to a higher law. -Josh Fox

If national safety – the ability to respond to hurricanes, terrorist attacks, earthquakes – depends on the execution of explicit plans, on soldierly obedience, and on showy security drills, then a decentralized security scheme is useless. -Gary Wolf

Disobedience is essentially a prideful power struggle against someone in authority over us. It can be a parent, a priesthood leader, a teacher, or ultimately God. A proud person hates the fact that someone is above him. He thinks this lowers his position. -Ezra Taft Benson

It is a great delusion in those whose understanding has been darkened by self-love, to think that there is any obedience in the subject who tries to draw the superior to what he wishes. -Saint Ignatius

He who aims at making an entire and perfect oblation of himself, in addition to his will, must offer his understanding, which is a further and the highest degree of obedience. -Saint Ignatius

Above all, remember that God looks for solid virtues in us, such as patience, humility, obedience, abnegation of your own will – that is, the good will to serve Him and our neighbor in Him. His providence allows us other devotions only insofar as He sees that they are useful to us. -Saint Ignatius

You see, rebellion, and the disobedience it causes, keeps us from having the power of God that's available to us as Christians. -Joyce Meyer

One misconception is that if we follow God in the life of faith, and that means obedience – that we read His Word, we're obedient, we pray, we go to church, we do the right things – that somehow His blessing means we're going to be okay. -Anne Graham Lotz

Some of us live a Christian life as if we're always under the stern, watchful eye of our Father and he is very impossible to please… No, God delights even in our heartfelt attempts at obedience. -Kevin DeYoung

Civil disobedience has an honourable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play. -Al Gore

We must become a people who are in submission, that is, submitted completely to the mission of the Church, 'in statu missionis.' Thus, living fully within the mainstream of grace, under the mantle of God's divine authority, and by uniting ourselves to the obedience of Christ on the cross, we participate in the reversal of Adam's sin. -Michael O'Brien

With faith and obedience practiced long enough, the Holy Ghost becomes a constant companion, our natures change, and endurance becomes certain. -Henry B. Eyring

Conversion is an enlarging, a deepening, and a broadening of the undergirding base of testimony. It is the result of revelation from God, accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence. -David A. Bednar

Through the grace of Christ we shall live in obedience to the law of God written upon our hearts. Having the Spirit of Christ, we shall walk even as He walked. -Ellen G. White

If physical power be the fountain of law, then law and force are synonymous terms. Or, perhaps, rather, law would be the result of a combination of will and force; of will, united with a physical power sufficient to compel obedience to it, but not necessarily having any moral character whatever. -Lysander Spooner

What is a Rechtsstaat? It is obedience to the existing law. -Vladimir Putin

God revealed himself through the Law, which pointed to Christ as its end and goal, commanded the obedience that comes from faith, increased transgressions, and shut the mouths of all humans because no one has performed the righteousness of the Law so as not to need a substitute. -John Piper

When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power. -Ezra Taft Benson

The great test of life is obedience to God. -Ezra Taft Benson

The first Law of Heaven is obedience, and it should be the first law of every home. It is the foundation of an orderly home, a successful family, and the successful lives of the children. The wife is the key. -Helen Andelin

In a sense, all of my books have been about a 'poisonous pedagogy,' which engenders a culture of obedience, this underlying theme of patriarchal systems. -John Bradshaw

What is discipleship? It is primarily obedience to the Savior. Discipleship includes many things. It is chastity. It is tithing. It is family home evening. It is keeping all the commandments. It is forsaking anything that is not good for us. -James E. Faust

Many think that the price of discipleship is too costly and too burdensome. For some, it involves giving up too much. But the cross is not as heavy as it appears to be. Through obedience, we acquire much greater strength to carry it. -James E. Faust

Holiness is the strength of the soul. It comes by faith and through obedience to God's laws and ordinances. God then purifies the heart by faith, and the heart becomes purged from that which is profane and unworthy. -James E. Faust

Just as the earth is a planet in its own right, so each of us is an individual in our own sphere of habitation. We are individuals, but we live in families and communities where order provides a system of harmony that hinges on obedience to principles. -James E. Faust

The wife's submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband. -Steve Pearce

Prayer is good: but when used as a substitute for obedience, it is naught but a blatant hypocrisy, a despicable Pharisaism. -Charles Studd

If men would as fervently seek after love and righteousness as they do after opinions, there would be no strife on earth, and we should be as children of one father, and should need no law or ordinance. For God is not served by any law, but only by obedience. -Jakob Bohme

All men who give up themselves in obedience unto God, they are received in Christ's obedience, viz. in the fulfilling of the obedience, the Jew and the Christian, and so likewise the heathen who has neither the law nor Gospel. -Jakob Bohme

The spirit of the gospel is optimistic; it trusts in God and looks on the bright side of things. The opposite or pessimistic spirit drags men down and away from God, looks on the dark side, murmurs, complains, and is slow to yield obedience. -Orson F. Whitney

Adversity is simply part of earth life. From it we can grow and progress if we choose to. Yes, some trials come because of our own disobedience, but many trials are simply part of life. -John Bytheway

Civil disobedience is – it's no fun. -Noam Chomsky

International affairs is very much run like the mafia. The godfather does not accept disobedience, even from a small storekeeper who doesn't pay his protection money. You have to have obedience; otherwise, the idea can spread that you don't have to listen to the orders, and it can spread to important places. -Noam Chomsky

Civil disobedience's main goal typically is to try to arouse and inspire others to join and do something. Well, sometimes that is a good tactic, sometimes not. -Noam Chomsky

All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together. -Nancy Gibbs

Religions work for their own aggrandizement – strengthen the church and so on – and they use reinforcers of one kind or another to get obedience and so on from their communicants. -B. F. Skinner

In 1999, I was in St. Louis with Martin Luther King III as we led protests against the state's failure to hire minority contractors for highway construction projects. We went at dawn on a summer day with over a thousand people and performed acts of civil disobedience. -Al Sharpton

The government believed that adherence to authority was human nature, so the Gezi protests were a real surprise to them. After the initial moment of shock, they decided to severely punish those participating in what they called an act of disobedience to authority. -Safak Pavey

Simple honesty of purpose in a man goes a long way in life, if founded on a just estimate of himself and a steady obedience to the rule he knows and feels to be right. -Samuel Smiles

While salvation is a free gift, the 'winning Christ' can only be through unreserved consecration and unquestioning obedience. Nor is this a hardship, but the highest privilege. -Hudson Taylor

There were three Selma-to-Montgomery marches in March 1965, and Rosa Parks had missed the first one. Parks, whose act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, moved to Detroit two years later for safety reasons. -Douglas Brinkley

The Nazi period could have happened only in Germany because the German education of obedience to any law and order was the main problem. -Heinrich Boll

Better than worshiping gods is obedience to the laws of righteousness. -Buddha

I desire to press forward for direction to my Master in all things; but as to trusting to my own obedience and righteousness, I should be worse than a fool and ten times worse than a madman. -Charles Spurgeon

Lord sanctify us. Oh! That Thy spirit might come and saturate every faculty, subdue every passion, and use every power of our nature for obedience to God. -Charles Spurgeon

I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will. -Charles Spurgeon

If, as the emperor Augustus says, from his time the coast of the ocean from Cadiz to the mouth of the Elbe obeyed the Romans, the obedience in this corner of it was far from voluntary and little to be trusted. -Theodor Mommsen

Salvation cannot be bought with the currency of obedience; it is purchased by the blood of the Son of God. Thinking that we can trade our good works for salvation is like buying a plane ticket and then supposing we own the airline. Or thinking that after paying rent for our home, we now hold title to the entire planet earth. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Fidelity and allegiance sworn to the King is only such a fidelity and obedience as is due to him by the law of the land; for were that faith and allegiance more than what the law requires, we would swear ourselves slaves and the King absolute; whereas, by the law, we are free men, notwithstanding those oaths. -Isaac Newton

I can assure the Marquis de Chasteler that it is my unalterable determination never to set foot on any territory which acknowledges obedience to His Majesty the King of Bohemia and Hungary. -Marquis de Lafayette

Civil disobedience has almost always been about expression. Generally, it's nonviolent, as defined by Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi, and King. -Marvin Ammori

One of the first duties of a Scout is obedience to authority. He must obey his orders in the first place and put his own amusement or desires in the second. -Robert Baden-Powell

Sometimes to do the right thing, you have to break a law. And the key there is in terms of civil disobedience. You have to make sure that what you're risking, what you're bringing onto yourself, does not serve as a detriment to anyone else. It doesn't hurt anybody else. -Edward Snowden

God has always worked wonders through his prophets to increase the faith of His chosen people or to correct their disobedience. -Mother Angelica

We have a society now where obedience to the law is really a choice, an option only. -Rodrigo Duterte

Expressions of disobedience naturally encourage terrorist organizations and motivate them to intensify their actions. -Ariel Sharon

Over time, Benedictine monasteries appeared around the world, always with the same anomaly: brothers living in obedience, meditation, and faith just beneath the rush of the world. -Michael Paterniti

Sometimes this going out in obedience to God's command is more dramatic than at other times… sometimes more spectacular… sometimes more brave… but always it is a venture into the unknown. -Peter Marshall

There are hunters, and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience, and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim. -Jim Mattis

If Snowden really claims that his actions amounted to genuine civil disobedience, he should go to some English language bookstore in Moscow and get a copy of Henry David Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience'. -Michael Hayden

Thoreau points out clearly that civil disobedience gets its moral authority by the willingness to suffer the penalties from disobeying a law, even if you think that law is unjust. -Michael Hayden

This idea of the transcendent power of the Supreme Being is essentially connected with that by which the whole duty of man is summed up: obedience to His will. -John Quincy Adams

This obedience to the voice of the Earth is more important for our future happiness… than the desires of the moment. -Pope Benedict XVI

Obedience brings success; exact obedience brings miracles. -Russell M. Nelson

I remember back in the 1960s – late '50s, really – reading a comic book called 'Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Story.' Fourteen pages. It sold for 10 cents. And this little book inspired me to attend non-violence workshops, to study about Gandhi, about Thoreau, to study Martin Luther King, Jr., to study civil disobedience. -John Lewis

To have a dutiful family, the father's principle of rule must be love, not fear. His sway must be gentle, or he will have only an unwilling and short-lived obedience. -William Cobbett

The existing governments of the world are the consequence of disobedience to the commands of God. But Christ came to bring men back to obedience by a new and living way. -William Lloyd Garrison

Let not those who say that the path of obedience is a dangerous one claim to believe in the living and true God. They deny his omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence. It is his will that the bands of wickedness should be loosed, the heavy burdens of tyranny undone, the oppressed set free. -William Lloyd Garrison

You see that even the enemy did not dare to declare war against us till they had seized our generals, for they were sensible that, while we had commanders and yielded obedience to them, we were able to conquer them; but, having seized our commanders, they concluded that we should, from a want of command and discipline, be destroyed. -Xenophon

Do Christians sin? Yes, absolutely. But can Christians live in a state of sin without discipline and without being brought back in obedience to their Father? Absolutely not. -Paul Washer

Entire civilisation stands on submission and obedience of mother. -Shehbaz Sharif

I talk a lot about justice. I'm about it. I'm also about civil disobedience. -Travis Kalanick

Civil disobedience is, in fact, a conservative idea, a few steps short of overt rebellion. It honors the rule of law by insisting on good law and rejecting bad law. -Tom Tancredo

Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom. -Timothy D. Snyder

The world calls for, and expects from us, simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility, detachment, and self-sacrifice. Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man. -Pope Paul VI

After the novel was published, I came to feel that I couldn't call myself Orthodox anymore. It's so patriarchal, anti-women, anti-gay. There was something about writing 'Disobedience'… it felt like I had put it all in the book. I had done my best by it, recorded what it meant for me. I felt I was done. -Naomi Alderman

I suppose the idea about all Orthodox religion is that it's a kind of submission, obedience. -Naomi Alderman

I was afraid to admit feeling ill because even when I was 4 or 5, I knew that my father viewed sickness as a sign of weakness, of sin, of disobedience. -Caroline Fraser

In the case of 'Disobedience,' the very secretive way of life and religion and tradition that the North London Orthodox Jewish community has was a huge invitation to explore an unknown world. And also a possible trap, and I tried to overcome that by portraying it, hopefully, with great nuance and detail and texture. -Sebastian Lelio

I didn't know how I was going to deal with 'Disobedience' because it takes place in such a specific and often secretive world. -Sebastian Lelio

What is satire if not a marriage of civil disobedience to a laugh track, a potent brew of derision and lack of respect that acts as a nettle sting on the thin skin of the humourless? -Mona Eltahawy

I took obedience, agility, and shepherding with my dog. -Annaleigh Ashford

For women, Neo-Confucianism placed extra emphasis on chastity, obedience, and diligence. A good wife should have no desire other than to serve her husband, no ambition other than to produce a son, and no interest beyond subjugating herself to her husband's family – meaning, among other things, she must never remarry if widowed. -Amanda Foreman

In Mormon society and culture, highest values are placed on hard work, thrift, clean living, obedience to the elders and, above all, on the importance of the family. -Shana Alexander

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