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

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

Oscar Wilde
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is a man's original virtue.”
Oscar Wilde

Kathy Acker
“[...] A society that drives its members to desperate solutions is a non-viable society, a society to be replaced.”
Kathy Acker, Eurydice in the Underworld

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

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.
Curtis White, Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work

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

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

Sheila Heti
“Why did it seem like the only way to live-was to disobey?”
Sheila Heti, Pure Colour

John Milton
“Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:
Here we may reign secure; and, in my choyce,
To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heav'n.”
John Milton, Paradise Lost

Mango Wodzak
“Mad Human Disease is the very natural consequence of constantly ignoring and disobeying any of the many of Nature’s Laws.”
Mango Wodzak, Topsy-Turvy World - Vegan Anarchy

“Although you were rebellion in disobedience, nonetheless, if you repent in obedience, then return to God now, he will not reject you.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

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

Chester Brown
“In his disobedience, your brother is alive. You, in your resentful subservience, are dead. Do you think God wants mindless worshippers who can only follow instructions?”
Chester Brown, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible

“The Lord of Hosts isn't a ‘yes-man’ to all that we do. Let’s be cautious lest we dig our own graves!”
Royal Raj S

V.S. Naipaul
“Indian poverty is more dehumanizing than any machine; and, more than in any machine civilization, men in India are units, locked up in the straitest obedience by their idea of their dharma. The scientist returning to India sheds the individuality he acquired during his time abroad; he regains the security of his caste identity, and the world is once more simplified. There are minute rules, as comforting as bandages; individual perception and judgement, which once called forth his creativity, are relinquished as burdens, and the man is once more a unit in his herd, his science reduced to a skill. The blight of caste is not only untouchability and the consequent deification in India of filth; the blight, in India that tries to grow, is also the over-all obedience it imposes, its ready-made satisfactions, the diminishing of adventurousness, the pushing away of men of individuality and the possibility of excellence.”
V.S. Naipaul, India: A Wounded Civilization

“Disobedience leads to defeat.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Mallory O'Meara
“The power that the brewsters possessed made local authorities anxious, even hostile. Women who refused to submit to male control over their beer were marked as disobedient, noncompliant troublemakers.

Noncompliant women armed with knowledge and bargaining power who challenged the economic dominance of men? A recipe for trouble.”
Mallory O'Meara, Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

“You are not humble, you are not teachable, and you are not trustworthy, but you want to succeed. Do you think success is a piece of cake?”
Bamigboye Olurotimi

“Disobedience leads to discord.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Destruction lies in disobedience.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Remember this; downfall of a man is never the end of his life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Disobedience to God leads to discord.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Destruction lies in disobedience to God.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

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