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OBEDIENCE
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[ Also see Authority Character Deference Disobedience Docility Duty Humility Law Meekness Rebellion Self-will ]

Obedience is the mother of success, the wife of safety.
      - Aeschylus, Septem--Duces (224)

Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
      - Aristotle

Obedience sums up our entire duty.
      - Hosea Ballou

Obedience, as it regards the social relations, the rules of society, and the laws of nature and nature's God, should commence at the cradle and end only at the tomb.
      - Hosea Ballou

That was a judicious mother who said, "I obey my children for the first year of their lives, but ever after I expect them to obey me."
      - Henry Ward Beecher

To be a Christian is to obey Christ no matter how you feel.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

True obedience is true liberty.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

One word from Chairman Mao is worth ten thousand from others. His every statement is truth. We must carry out those that we understand as well as those we don't.
      - Lin Biao

And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
      - Bible, I Samuel (ch. XV, v. 22)

Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.
      - Bible, Jeremiah (ch. XLII, v. 6)

The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXX, v. 17)

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

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in Thee, mercifully accept our prayer; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without Thee, grant us the help of Thy grace, that in keeping Thy commandments we may please Thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
      - Book of Common Prayer

Everywhere the flower of obedience is intelligence. Obey a man with cordial loyalty and you will understand him.
      - Phillips Brooks

Obedience completes itself in understanding.
      - Phillips Brooks

He praiseth God best that serveth and obeyeth Him most: the life of thankfulness consists in the thankfulness of the life.
      - William Burkitt (Burkit)

Look carefully that love to God and obedience to His commands be the principle and spring from whence thy actions flow; and that the glory of God and the salvation of thy soul be the end to which all thy actions tend; and that the word of God be thy rule and guide in every enterprise and undertaking. "As many as walk by this rule, peace be unto them, and mercy."
      - William Burkitt (Burkit)

The fear of some divine and supreme powers keeps men in obedience.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. 4, memb. 1, subsec. 2)

Obedience is our universal duty and destiny; wherein whoso will not bend must break; too early and too thoroughly we cannot be trained to know that "would," in this world of ours, is a mere zero to "should," and for most part as the smallest of fractions even to "shall."
      - Thomas Carlyle

The history of all the great characters of the Bible is summed up in this one sentence: They acquainted themselves with God, and acquiesced in His will in all things.
      - Richard Cecil

He who obeys with modesty appears worthy of being some day a commander.
  [Lat., Qui modeste paret, videtur qui aliquando imperet dignus esse.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Legibus (III, 2)

Love naturally reverses the idea of obedience, and causes the struggle between any two who truly love each other to be, not who shall command, but who shall yield.
      - Frances P. Cobbe

An obedient wife commands her husband.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

How will you find good? It is not a thing of choice; it is a river that flows from the foot of the Invisible Throne and flows by the path of obedience.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Obedience alone gives the right to command.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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