An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)


The joy of youth is to disobey; but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders.


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


The reason why men do not obey us is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Those who know the least obey the best.


George Farquhar (c.1677-1707, Irish playwright)


There is no shame in taking orders from those who themselves have learned to obey.


William Edward Forster (1818-1886, British statesman)


No principal is so noble, as there is none more holy, than that of a true obedience.


Henry Giles


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 (1805-1879, American abolitionist, feminist)


Whoever obeys the gods, to him they particularly listen.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


It is much safer to obey, than to govern.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The ship that will not obey the helm will have to obey the rocks.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


Obey something, and you will have a chance to learn what is best to obey. But if you begin by obeying nothing, you will end by obeying the devil and all his invited friends.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Every good servant does not all commands.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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 (1866-1936, American educator of the deaf, blind)


Obedience is better than sacrifice.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Obedience is a word and concept from which the valiant look for their deliverance.


Author Unknown


Obedience without faith is possible, but not faith without obedience.


Author Unknown


Unwavering obedience to the true principles we learn will assure us spiritual survival.


Author Unknown


Every great person has first learned how to obey, whom to obey, and when to obey.


William A. Ward


There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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