When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find that far more, and far more hideous, crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
ANARCHISM (from the Gr. , and , contrary to authority), the name given to a principle or theory of life and conduct under which society is conceived without government harmony in such a society being obtained, not by submission to law, or by Obedience to any authority, but by free agreements concluded between the various groups, territorial and professional, freely constituted for the sake of production and consumption, as also for the satisfaction of the infinite variety of needs and aspirations of a civilized being.Peter Kropotkin, in "Anarchism" article in Encyclopedia Britannica (1910)
Flaubert and Nietzsche have emphasized the importance of standing up and walking in the process of thinking. The peripatetics were perhaps motivated by the same awareness. Yet purposeful walking what we call marching is an enemy of thought and is used as a powerful instrument for the suppression of independent thought and the inculcation of unquestioned Obedience.Eric Hoffer
During the era of Assad junior… Damascus-Tehran relations have changed from alliance to blind Obedience... The Iranians have found their way into Syria, which is obvious from the size of Iran 's diplomatic mission in Damascus, numbering hundreds of officials!Saudi columnist for Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Saudi Columnists Criticize Iran, Syria, Hizbullah. MEMRI (September 18, 2007).
Obedience, submission, discipline, courage — these are among the characteristics which make a man.Samuel Smiles, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 404.
As I am a woman and women do not count in the State, I refuse to be counted. Rebellion against tyrants is Obedience to God.1911 Comment on uncompleted Census paper, quoted in Gertrude Colmore The Life of Emily Wilding Davison (1913).
All people seem to be divided into 'ordinary' and 'extraordinary'. The ordinary people must lead a life of strict Obedience and have no right to transgress the law because they are ordinary. Whereas the extraordinary people have the right to commit any crime they like and transgress the law in any way just because they happen to be extraordinary.fyodor dostoevsky
In the mind perfect intelligence flourished and reigned, uprightness attended as its companion, and all the senses were prepared and moulded for due Obedience to reason; and in the body there was a suitable correspondence with this internal order. But now, although some obscure lineaments of that image are found remaining in us; yet are they so vitiated and maimed, that they may truly be said to be destroyed. For besides the deformity which everywhere appears unsightly, this evil also is added, that no part is free from the infection of sin.john calvin
You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius ; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor... Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts Obedience to itself; it requires us to think other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.walter bagehot
It is to Jesus Christ we owe the truth, the tenderness, the purity, the warm affection, the holy aspiration, which go together in that endearing word home; for it is He who has made Obedience so beautiful, and affection so holy; it is He who has brought the Father's home so near, and has taught us that love is of God.James Hamilton, p. 325. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
We should learn never to interpret duty by success. The opposition which assails us in the course of Obedience is no evidence that we are mistaken.Newman Hall, p. 205. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Law, meaning Obedience to a holy God, passes by a natural transition into the gospel; that is, reverential duty to a person, to the Obedience of love at last, which obeys, because the beau- tifulness of Obedience is perceived.Frederick William Robertson, p. 375. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
The heroes in paganism correspond exactly to the saints in popery, and holy dervises in MAHOMETANISM. The place of, HERCULES, THESEUS, HECTOR, ROMULUS, is now supplied by DOMINIC, FRANCIS, ANTHONY, and BENEDICT. Instead of the destruction of monsters, the subduing of tyrants, the defence of our native country; whippings and fastings, cowardice and humility, abject submission and slavish Obedience, are become the means of obtaining celestial honours among mankind.David Hume
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