Obedience, you know, is Good Luck's mother, wedded to Salvation, they
say. Aeschylus Septem contra
Thebas, l.224^5 (translated by C M Dawson).
see there's truth in no man, nor obedience But for his own
ends. Francis and Fletcher,John Beaumont A King and No King, act 4, sc.2.
It is the love of the people; it is their attachment to their government, from
the sense of the deep stake they have in such a glorious
institution, which gives you your army 168 and your navy, and
infuses into both that liberal obedience, without
which your army would be a base rabble, and your
navy nothing but rotten timber. Edmund Burke On Conciliation with America.
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. Emily Wilding Davison 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 becausetheyare
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 Mikhailovich Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment, pt.3, ch.5 (translated by
See we not plainly that obedience of creatures unto the law of nature is
the stay of the whole world? Richard Hooker Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity.
Keep ye the lawbe swift in all obedience Clear the land of
evil, drive the road and bridge the ford. Make ye sure to each
his own That he reap where
he hath sown; By
thepeaceamongourpeopleslet men know weserve the Lord! (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling 'A Song of the English'.
There have been many crimes committed in the name of duty and
obediencemany more than in the name of dissent. C(harles) P(ercy), 1st Baron Snow 'Testimony of Four Peers', in Esquire, Dec.
Christianity is really a man's religion: there's not much in it for women except
docility, obedience, who-sweeps- the-room-as-for-thy-cause,
downcast eyes and death in childbirth. For
the men it's better: all power and money and fine
robes, the burning of the hereticsfun, fun, fun!and the
Inquisition fulminating from the pulpit. Fay originally Franklin Birkinshaw Weldon The Heart of the Country,'LoveYour Enemy'.
Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to
blind obedience; but as blind obedience is ever
sought for by power, tyrants and sensualists are in
the right when they endeavour to keep women in the dark,
because the former only want slaves, and the latter
a play-thing. Mary also known as Mrs Godwin Wollstonecraft AVindication of the Rights ofWoman, pt.1, ch.2.