quotations about obedience
Blind obedience is a sign of weakness. Faithful obedience is a sign of strength.
BOB LONSBERRY, A Various Language
Obedience is the mother of success, and the wife of security.
AESCHYLUS, The Seven Against Thebes
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
JOHN BRADSHAW, inscription on his tombstone
Let them obey that know not how to rule.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry VI, Part II
When you obey your superiors, you instruct your inferiors.
R. DODSLEY, attributed, Day's Collacon
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Thoreau and the Art of Life: Precepts and Principles
Obedience is a hard profession.
PIERRE CORNEILLE, Nicomède
Obedience, as it regards the social relations, the laws of society, and the laws of nature and of nature's God, should commence at the cradle and end only at the tomb.
HOSEA BALLOU, Treasury of Thought
My business is to obey when the Lord commands, and this is the duty of all mankind.
BRIGHAM YOUNG, Journal of Discourses
Any fool can "obey" an order ... the clever thing is to interpret it.
WILLIAM BOYD, Waiting for Sunrise
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum--even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
NOAM CHOMSKY, The Common Good
Every now and then I like to do as I'm told, just to confuse people.
TAMORA PIERCE, Melting Stones
Obedience is a disciple's first duty.
IGNATIUS LOYALA, attributed, Day's Collacon
The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.
BANKSY, Wall and Piece
When the interests of mankind are at stake, they will obey with joy the man whom they believe to be wiser than themselves.
Fear is a strange soil. It grows obedience like corn, which grow in straight lines to make weeding easier. But sometimes it grows the potatoes of defiance, which flourish underground.
TERRY PRATCHETT, Small Gods
Let thy child's first lesson be obedience, and the second may be what thou wilt.
THOMAS FULLER, An Introduction to Prudence
I shall love and respect, but neither command nor obey.
AYN RAND, Anthem
Obedience is as basic an element in the structure of social life as one can point to. Some system of authority is a requirement of all communal living, and it is only the man dwelling in isolation who is not forced to respond, through defiance or submission, to the commands of others.
STANLEY MILGRAM, "Behavioral Study of Obedience", The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 1963
The distance between your knowledge of truth and your obedience is called lack of integrity.
TARA LEIGH COBBLE, Orange Jumpsuit: Letters to the God of Freedom