The man who commands efficiently must have obeyed others in the past, and the man who obeys dutifully is worthy of being some day a commander.

John Chrysostom

Humility leaves us free to obey happily.  So long as we yield humbly to another we overcome ourselves in our hearts, we overcome our own selfishness and break its enslaving bonds.


He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

Philip Neri

Obedience is a short cut to perfection.

Thomas à Kempis

No man commands safely unless he has learned well how to obey.

Philip Neri

It is not enough for obedience to do what is commanded. It must be done without debate, and must be looked upon as the best and most perfect thing possible, though it may seem and may even be the contrary.

Noah Webster

The reasonableness of the command to obey parents is clear to children, even when quite young.

Author Unknown (from Teen Creed)

Be humble enough to obey, you may be the one giving orders someday.

Kenyan Proverb

He who refuses to obey cannot command.

Robert E. Lee

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.


Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.

Catherine Beecher

Obedience must be exact, prompt and cheerful.

Mother Teresa

Don’t give in to discouragement…If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about people’s opinions. Be obedient to truth. For with humble obedience, you will never be disturbed.

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