C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


To obey is better than sacrifice.


Obedience completes itself in understanding.

Phillips Brooks.

Obedience is the mother of success.


Obedience sums up our entire duty.

Hosea Ballou.

Obedience is the key to every door.

George MacDonald.

The first great law is to obey.


The virtue of Christianity is obedience.

J. C. Hare.

An obedient wife commands her husband.


I hourly learn a doctrine of obedience.


I would rather obey than work miracles.


To be a Christian is to obey Christ no matter how you feel.

H. W. Beecher.

Let them obey that know not how to rule.


True obedience is true liberty.

Henry Ward Beecher.

Obedience is the Christian’s crown.


Command is anxiety; obedience, easy.


Obedience alone gives the right to command.


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

Phillips Brooks.

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


Woman’s happiness consists in obeying; she objects to a man who yields too much.


Let thy child’s first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.

Benjamin Franklin.

Women are perfectly well aware that the more they seem to obey the more they rule.


Light is a special help to obedience, and obedience is a singular help to increase light.


Obey thy parents; keep thy word justly; swear not.


When the ruler is obedient to God, God is his protector and friend.


All the good of which humanity is capable is comprised in obedience.

J. Stuart Mill.

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

Henry Giles.

I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.

George MacDonald.

We will obey the voice of the Lord our God, that it may be well with us.


  • I know
  • My God commands, whose power no power resists.
  • Robert Greene.

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

    George Sewell.

    We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word.


    Prepare the soul calmly to obey; such offering will be more acceptable to God than every other sacrifice.


    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.”


    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 praiseth God best that serveth and obeyeth Him most: the life of thankfulness consists in the thankfulness of the life.


  • Ascend, I follow thee, safe guide, the path
  • Thou lead’st me, and to the hand of heav’n submit.
  • Milton.

    Obedience is not truly performed by the body of him whose heart is dissatisfied. The shell without a kernel is not fit for store.


    Obedience insures greatness, whilst disobedience leads to a repulse. Whosoever possesseth the qualities of righteousness placeth his head on the threshold of obedience.


    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.

    As unto the bow the string is, so unto the man is woman; though she bends him, she obeys him; though she draws him, yet she follows, useless each without the other.


    Women never really command until they have given their promise to obey; and they are never in more danger of being made slaves than when the men are at their feet.


    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.

    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 Power Cobbe.

    Be it remembered that we command nature, as it were, by obeying nature’s laws; so the woman who would control her husband does so through obedience.


    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.

  • ’Tis the same, with common natures,
  • Use ’em kindly, they rebel,
  • But, be rough as nutmeg graters,
  • And the rogues obey you well.
  • Aaron Hill.

  • “His kingdom come!” For this we pray in vain,
  • Unless He does in our affections reign.
  • How fond it were to wish for such a King,
  • And no obedience to His sceptre bring,
  • Whose yoke is easy, and His burthen light;
  • His service freedom, and His judgments right.
  • Waller.

    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.”


    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.

    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.


    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 G. Rossetti.

    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.


  • 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.
  • Shakespeare.

    I believe that the fewer the laws in a home the better; but there is one law which should be as plainly understood as the shining of the sun is visible at noonday, and that is, implicit and instantaneous obedience from the child to the parent, not only for the peace of the home, but for the highest good of the child.

    A. E. Kittredge.

    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 endeavor to keep women in the dark, because the former only want slaves, and the latter a plaything.

    Mary Wollstonecraft.

    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.


    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.”


    Filial obedience is the first and greatest requisite of a state; by this we become good subjects to our emperors, capable of behaving with just subordination to our superiors, and grateful dependents on heaven; by this we become fonder of marriage, in order to be capable of exacting obedience from others in our turn; by this we become good magistrates, for early submission is the truest lesson to those who would learn to rule. By this the whole state may be said to resemble one family.