50 Submissive Quotes, Phrases and Sayings That You Can Relate To

Submissiveness, often characterized by following instructions without much vocal opposition, can be viewed from a nuanced perspective.

Life encourages us to be in control of our actions, emotions and relationships, but with maturity comes the realization of the subtle allure in submissiveness.

The compilation of 50 quotes on submissiveness aims to delineate this delicate balance, highlighting both the charm and potential drawbacks of being submissive.


This collection allows readers to relate to, reflect on and understand this intriguing aspect of human behavior more deeply.

Related: Nasty People Quotes and Pain Quotes.

Best Submissive Quotes

The people want wholesome dread. They want to fear something. They want someone to frighten them and make them shudderingly submissive. ~ Ernst Rohm.

Protesting is fundamentally submissive. ~ Paul Watson.

Have there ever been more submissive slaves? Adoring, even in their irons, the God who punishes them. ~ Jean Racine.


To truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and – look out, here it comes – submissive. ~ Gabrielle Reece.

Nevertheless, when one is ill, one should be submissive to the doctor and obey him. ~ Vincent de Paul.

Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


I don’t like to be too submissive in the way I dress. I like quite boyish things, so I hardly ever wear high heels. ~ Bat for Lashes.

Some people tend to throw your love to the dogs when you become totally submissive to them, but when you want to get out of the heat, they pull you back into the kitchen. ~ Michael Bassey.

There’s a certain way people are used to seeing nude women, and that’s in a submissive, coy pose, not looking at the camera. And in this poster, I’m looking dead into the camera with no expression on my face. I think it freaks a lot of people out. ~ Rooney Mara.


Let us be submissive to Providence, He will see to our affairs in His own time and in His own way. ~ Vincent de Paul.

Great souls are always loyally submissive, reverent to what is over them: only small mean souls are otherwise. ~ Thomas Carlyle.

Famous Submissive Quotes

Man has been naturally so created that it is advantageous for him to be submissive, but disastrous for him to follow his own will, and not the will of his creator. ~ Saint Augustine.

I hold strongly to this: that it is better to be impetuous than circumspect; because fortune is a woman and if she is to be submissive it is necessary to beat and coerce her. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli.


This is the spirit of prayer – sincere, humble, believing, submissive. Other prayer than this the Bible does not require – God will not accept. ~ Gardiner Spring.

Some people tend to throw your love to the dogs when you become totally submissive to them, but when you want to get out of the heat, they pull you back into the kitchen. ~ Michael Bassey Johnson.

I’m not averse to being tied up in silk scarves. I like a man to take charge. There’s something very sexy about being submissive. ~ Eva Longoria.

He stares at me, and I don’t look away. He isn’t a dog, but the same rules apply. Looking away is submissive. Looking him in the eye is a challenge. It’s my choice. ~ Veronica Roth.

Men love a submissive woman, Damon said simply. Even when they say the don’t. There’s just something about a beautiful, soft woman looking to them to protect and take care of them that inspires a man to greatness. ~ Maya Banks.


In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. ~ Laozi.

My biggest challenge will be to play the totally submissive woman. It takes a toll on you when you play someone who’s far removed from your personality. ~ Regina King.

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Top Submissive Quotes

We have no middle ground, no foggy gray area where we can sin a little without suffering spiritual decline. That is why we must repent and come to Christ daily on submissive knees so that we can prevent our bonfires of testimony from being snuffed out by sin. ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin.

Rather than encouraging apathy through submissive responses, let us deliver the message loudly and clearly, that needles killing and suffering is wrong. ~ Bodo Balsys.

There are two kinds of people in the world: Submissive and rebellious. The problem of the world is that majority is in the first category! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan.


To be feminist doesn’t mean you can’t be submissive. ~ Sam Taylor-Johnson.

The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure. ~ Hermann Hesse.

One is neither too scrupulous nor too sincere nor too submissive to nature; but one is more or less master of one’s model, and, above all, of the means of expression. ~ Paul Cezanne.

The pencil you leave it there, and it’s dead. It doesn’t do anything and it doesn’t move by itself. It doesn’t offer anything; it’s totally submissive to you. ~ Massimo Vignelli.


People are submissive to power, and few of them can be influenced by doctrines of righteousness. ~ Han Fei.

Accept loss forever. Be submissive to everything. ~ Jack Kerouac.

Submissive Phrases

It is a common trait of primates to become submissive and even worshipful toward one who has the power to kill them. ~ Orson Scott Card.

One great effect of prayer is that it enables the soul to command the body. By obedience I make my body submissive to my soul, but prayer puts my soul in command of my body. ~ Oswald Chambers.


Women are often expected to be more amiable or more pleasing or more submissive than men generally. ~ Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Humility is often only feigned submission which people use to render others submissive. It is a subterfuge of pride which lowers itself in order to rise. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. ~ Lao Tzu.

You must bow on your knees at all times before the ruling-class norms to show you are submissive. ~ Bryant McGill.

Thought-Provoking Submissive Quotes

Passive pleasure is no pleasure at all. ~ Arthur Adamov.


Looking away is submissive. Looking [..] in the eye is a challenge. ~ Veronica Roth.

I cannot but be grieved to go from my native land, and especially from that part of it for whom and with whom I desired only to live; yet the dreadful apprehensions I have of what is coming upon this land may help to make me submissive to this providence, though more bitter. ~ Donald Cargill.

The true believer, no matter how rowdy and violent his acts, is basically an obedient and submissive person. ~ Eric Hoffer.

If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled. ~ Emma Watson.


Sadly, man recognises that the ideal, submissive woman he has created for himself is somehow not quite what he wanted. ~ Eva Figes.

People think kindness is a soft, weak, submissive influence when in reality it is the most potent, persuasive force in existence. ~ Richelle E. Goodrich.

Good fiction makes me turn off all the other parts of my brain, so that I become quiet and submissive, entirely at the mercy of the work at hand. ~ Gary Shteyngart.


Turning the other cheek isn’t submissive. It’s defiant. ~ Roy H. Williams.

A truly submissive woman is to be treasured, cherished and protected for it is only she who can give a man the gift of dominance. ~ Anne Desclos.

So these were the 50 famous quotes about Submissive people.

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