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

Ascend, I follow thee, safe guide, the path
  Thou lead'st me, and to the hand of heav'n submit.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 371)

The first law that ever God gave to man was a law of pure obedience; it was a commandment naked and simple, wherein man had nothing to inquire after, or to dispute, forasmuch as to obey is the proper office of a rational soul, acknowledging a heavenly superior and benefactor. From obedience and submission spring all other virtues, as all sin does from self-opinion.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Command is anxiety; obedience, easy.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

Though a god I have learned to obey the times.
      - Palladas, Epigram,
        in "Palatine Anthology", IX, 441

Through obedience learn to command.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}, Leges
         (762 E)

Charms by accepting, by submitting sways, yet has her humor most when she obeys.
      - Alexander Pope

I was Chairman Mao's dog. What he said to bite, I bit.
      - Jiang Qing

Let the ground of all thy religious actions be obedience; examine not why it is commanded, but observe it because it is commanded. True obedience neither procrastinates nor questions.
      - Francis Quarles

Obedience to truth known, is the king's highway to that which is still beyond us.
      - Francis Quarles

The man who obeys is nearly always better than the man who commands.
      - Joseph Ernest Renan

O Lord, who art our guide even unto death, grant us, I pray Thee, grace to follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest. In little daily duties to which Thou callest us, bow down our wills to simple obedience.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti

Obedience is, indeed, founded on a kind of freedom, else it would become mere subjugation, but that freedom is only granted that obedience may be more perfect; and thus while a measure of license is necessary to exhibit the individual energies of things, the fairness and pleasantness and perfection of them all consist in their restraint.
      - John Ruskin

Obedience insures greatness, whilst disobedience leads to a repulse. Whosoever possesseth the qualities of righteousness placeth his head on the threshold of obedience.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Obedience is not truly performed by the body of him whose heart is dissatisfied. The shell without a kernel is not fit for store.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

When the ruler is obedient to God, God is his protector and friend.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Obedience is the Christian's crown.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The first great law is to obey.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Obedience decks the Christian most.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Fight with the Dragon,
        (Bowring's translation)

It is foolish to strive with what we cannot avoid; we are born subjects, and to obey God is perfect liberty; he that does this shall be free, safe and quiet; all his actions shall succeed to his wishes.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Obedience, we may remember, is a part of religion, and therefore an element of peace; but love which includes obedience is the whole.
      - Dr. George Sewell

Heaven doth divide
  The state of man in divers functions,
    Setting endeavour in continual motion;
      To which is fix'd, as an aim or butt,
        Obedience.
      - William Shakespeare

I hourly learn a doctrine of obedience.
      - William Shakespeare

Let them obey that knows not how to rule.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Plantagenet, Duke of York at V, i)

It fits thee not to ask the reason why:
  Because we bid it.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Antiochus, King of Antioch at I, i)

Obedience indeed is only the pitiful and cowardly egotism of him who thinks that he can do something better than reason.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley


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