Disobedience Quotes

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Mae West
“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
Mae West, Wit & Wisdom of Mae West

Henry David Thoreau
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Henry David Thoreau

Criss Jami
“You are evidence of your mother's strength, especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless she has always maintained her sanity.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

O.R. Melling
“We considered behaving, but it's against our nature.”
O.R. Melling, The Book of Dreams

Jerry Bridges
“Too often, we say we are defeated by this or that sin. No, we are not defeated. We are simply disobedient. It might be good if we stop using the terms victory and defeat to describe our progress in holiness. Rather, we should use the terms obedience and disobedience. When I say I am defeated by some sin, I am unconsciously slipping out from under my responsibility. I am saying something outside of me has defeated me. But when I say I am disobedient, that places the responsibility for my sin squarely on me. We may in fact be defeated, but the reason we are defeated is because we have chosen to disobey.

We need to brace ourselves up and to realize that we are responsible for thoughts, attitudes, and actions. We need to reckon on the fact that we died to sin's reign, that it no longer has any dominion over us, that God has united us with the risen Christ in all His power and has given us the Holy Spirit to work in us. Only as we accept our responsibility and appropriate God's provisions will we make any progress in our pursuit of holiness.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

Tanya Thompson
“Few know it, but the Devil rewards insurrection. After all, rebellion is the original sin, and he did conceive it.”
Tanya Thompson

Henry David Thoreau
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.”
Henry David Thoreau

Ambrose Bierce
“DISOBEDIENCE, n. The silver lining to the cloud of servitude.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary and Other Works

Curtis White
“...This is the arena in which a spiritualized disobedience means most. It doesn't mean a second New Deal, another massive bureaucratic attack on our problems. It doesn't mean taking to the streets, throwing bricks through the window at the Bank of America, or driving a tractor through the local McDonald's. It means living differently. It means taking responsibility for the character of the human world. That's a real confrontation with the problem of value. In short, refusal of the present is a return to what Thoreau and Ruskin called "human fundamentals, valuable things," and it is a movement into the future. This movement into the future is also a powerful expression of that most human spiritual emotion, Hope.
p.124”
Curtis White, The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work

Lionel Shriver
“In Kevin's book, unwitnessed disobedience is wasteful.”
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Jerry Bridges
“The Christian living in disobedience also lives devoid of joy and hope. But when he begins to understand that Christ has delivered him from the reign of sin, when he begins to see that he is united to Him who has all power and authority and that it is possible to walk in obedience, he begins to have hope, and as he hopes in Christ, he begins to have joy. In the strength of this joy, he begins to overcome the sins that have so easily entangle him. He then finds that the joy of a holy walk is infinitely more satisfying than the fleeting pleasures of sin. But to experience this joy, we must make some choices. We must choose to forsake sin, not only because it is defeating to us but because it grieves the heart of God.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

Barbara Dana
“I have always tried to be obedient regarding important matters like not being scalded to death by burning oil, but when public opinion takes a route far from one's inner conviction, one cannot value disobedience too highly.”
Barbara Dana, A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson

Nenia Campbell
“You’re a wild and disobedient girl with violence impulses who chafes at authority and your thin veneer of polished civility has all the transparency of a whore’s nightgown.”
Nenia Campbell, Star Crossed

Immanuel Kant
“If now we attend to ourselves on occasion of any transgression of duty, we shall find that we in fact do not will that our maxim should be universal law, for that is impossible for us; on the contrary, we will that the opposite should remain a universal law, only we assume the liberty of making an exception in our own favor or (just for this time only) in favor of our inclination. Consequently, if we considered all cases from one and the same point of view, namely, that of reason, we should find a contradiction in our own will, namely, that a certain principle should be objectively necessary as a universal law, and yet subjectively should not be universal, but admit of exceptions. As, however, we at one moment regard our action from the point of view of a will wholly conformed to reason, and then again look at the same action from the point of view of a will affected by inclination, there is not really any contradiction, but an antagonism of inclination to the precept of reason, whereby the universality of the principle is changed into mere generality, so that the practical principle of reason shall meet the maxim half way. Now, although this cannot be justified in our own impartial judgement, yet it proves that we do really recognize the validity of the categorical imperative and (with all respect for it) only allow ourselves a few exceptions which we think unimportant and forced from us.”
Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals

John Bevere
“The reality is, when someone knows the truth, knows the will of God, knows what God has spoken , and yet pushes back and doesn’t obey, it is idolatry . The reason? Their will, agenda, wishes, and desires have been placed above God’s. All of these things come before Him, and an idol.”
John Bevere, Killing Kryptonite: Destroy What Steals Your Strength

Sophocles
“There is no more deadly peril than disobedience;
States are devoured by it, homes laid in ruins,
Armies defeated, victory turned to rout.
White simple obedience saves the lives of hundreds
Of honest folk." - Creon”
Sophocles, Antigone

“Yet, unbelief doesn't see God as the ultimate good. So it can't see sin as the ultimate evil. It instead sees sin as a good thing and thus God's commands as a stumbling block to joy. In believing the devil, I didn't need a pentagram pendant to wear, neither did I need to memorize a hex or two. All I had to do was trust myself more than God's Word. I had to believe that my thoughts, my affections, my rights, my wishes, were worthy of absolute obedience and that in laying prostrate before the flimsy throne I'd made for myself, that I'd be doing a good thing.”
Jackie Hill Perry, Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was and Who God Has Always Been

“My tongue speaks but I do not act;
My heart desires but I do naught.
I am aware of the right path but do not let myself be guided;
I know, but act in ignorance.”
ʻAlī ibn Manṣūr Ibn al-Qāriḥ, The Epistle of Forgiveness, or A Pardon to Enter the Garden

“And there may be some connection, too, with the Roman Catholic Church’s somewhat flexible attitude towards sin and thus, in general, towards wrongdoing. Otherwise, how to explain that 137 years after Italy became a modern nation-state, so many people still choose simply to ignore laws they don’t like. Maybe other nationalities would be the same if in their countries, too, law enforcement were considered an optional, even by the people charged with that task.”
Sari Gilbert, My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City

Steven Magee
“I have been impressed at how well the Hawaiians have mastered the art of civil disobedience.”
Steven Magee

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Disobedience leads to destruction.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Henry T. Blackaby
“Over the course of my life, I have learned some important lessons about God's power. For one, you don't need divine power if you are not obeying what God said. It doesn't take a miracle to live in disobedience!”
Henry T. Blackaby, Flickering Lamps: Christ and His Church

“In Italy, most laws are honored more in the breach than the observance. “Fatta la legge, trovato l’inganno”, goes one saying that means, “pass a law and we’ll find a way to get around it”. You don’t have to spend much time in Rome to realize that stop signs, and even red lights, are often disregarded, as are those reading “no parking or standing”, and even “one way”.”
Sari Gilbert, My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Disobedience seperates us from the Divine Being.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Disobedience is a disease.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“In disobedience lies a walk in the wrong path.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Disobedience leads to disaster.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Do not allow disobedience to destroy you.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Robert G. Ingersoll
“How fortunate it is for us all that it is somewhat unnatural for a human being to obey. Universal obedience is universal stagnation; disobedience is one of the conditions of progress.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, On the Gods and Other Essays

Robert G. Ingersoll
“In the presence of the unknown, all have an equal right to think.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, On the Gods and Other Essays

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