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The merits of loyalty are often debated – anyone who has ever been hurt by someone they considered a true friend can attest to the fact that loyalty is a double edged sword. But no one who has ever found himself in need of a true friend can deny it is one of the most valuable gifts in the world. But as valuable it is, it can also be exceedingly rare.
Perhaps one of the reasons that it is such a rare quality these days, is that loyalty is so easy to misplaced. How many times have you given your loyalty to a person or a cause only to realize that your trust has been betrayed and your faith has been broken? But without loyalty, families are broken and friendships are empty. These loyalty quotes come from authors, politicians, businesspersons and others who have thought long and hard about the merits and consequences of loyalty. These quotes about loyalty encompass loyalty between spouses and friends, as well as the commitments made within military forces, companies, and nations.
Here you will find quotes to inspire you to seek and create the best in your own relationships, to lead others with generosity and grace, and to provide the best service to those who deserve it.
Quotes About Loyalty
I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me- they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.Veronica Roth
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.Mark Twain
Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.Ann Landers
Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.Confucius
The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.Mario Puzo
I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. Honesty is number one, respect, and absolutely the third would have to be loyalty.Summer Altice
Better to have one woman on your side than ten men.Robert Jordan
I’ll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.Samuel Goldwyn
If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.Elbert Hubbard
Loyalty will not permit envy, hate, and uncharitableness to creep into our public thinking.Bainbridge Colby
I don’t like to give up on people when they need someone not to give up on them.Carrol Bryant
Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.Martin Luther
It isn’t an easy thing to give your loyalty to someone you don’t know, especially when that person chooses to reveal nothing of himself.Megan Whaler Turner
I have a loyalty that runs in my bloodstream, when I lock into someone or something, you can’t get me away from it because I commit that thoroughly. That’s in friendship, that’s a deal, that’s a commitment. Don’t give me paper – I can get the same lawyer who drew it up to break it. But if you shake my hand, that’s for life.Jerry Lewis
A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.Xun Zi
If you will not die for us, you cannot ask us to die for you.Jacqueline Carey
As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that the things that are truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.Laura Ingles Wilder
If you cant value a commitment made by someone else, your own commitments lose their value too.
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.Albert Schweitzer
My dear boy, the people who only love once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect—simply a confession of failures.Oscar Wilde
Unlike the puerile loyalty to a conviction, loyalty to a friend is a virtue – perhaps the only virtue, the last remaining one.Milan Kundera
Loyalty to an unjust cause is a perversion of honor.Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
Loyalty is dead, the experts proclaim, and the statistics seem to bear them out. On average, U.S. corporations now lose half their customers in five years, half their employees in four, and half their investors in less than one. We seem to face a future in which the only business relationships will be opportunistic transactions between virtual strangers.Frederick R. Reichheld
A friend is someone who walks into a room when everyone else is walking out.Gary Moore
Together we shared a bond not even death would violate.Dee Remy
Loyalty cannot be blueprinted. It cannot be produced on an assembly line. In fact, it cannot be manufactured at all, for its origin is the human heart — the center of self-respect and human dignity. It is a force which leaps into being only when conditions are exactly right for it — and it is a force very sensitive to betrayal.Maurice Franks
Sometimes it was worth all the disadvantages of marriage just to have that: one friend in an indifferent world.Erica Jong
I think a good friend, to me, is all about trust and loyalty. You don’t ever want to second-guess whether you can tell your friend something.Lauren Conrad
I place an enormous premium on loyalty. If someone betrays me, I can forgive them rationally, but emotionally I have found it impossible to do so.Richard E. Grant
Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.Seneca
My first language, the true language of the soul spoken only on our planet of origin, had no word for betrayal or traitor. Or even loyalty- because without the opposite, the concept had no meaning.Stephanie Meyer
A true friendship is one in which everything can be told, and nothing will be judged.Unknown
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.Eleanor Roosevelt
Never befriend the oppressed unless you are prepared to take on the oppressor.Ogden Nash
…it isn’t things and proximity, or even blood that holds us all together. What makes a family is love and loyalty.Genevieve Dewey
Loyalty publicly results in leverage privately.Andy Stanley
Loyal companions are an unequaled grace, stanching fear before it bleeds you numb, a reliable antidote for creeping despair.Dean Koontz
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is – “Let there be truth between us two for evermore.Ralph Waldo Emerson
An onion shared with a friend tastes like roast lamb.Egyptian Proverb
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.Walter Lippmann
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.Marcus Aurelius
We hope you found these quotes on loyalty inspiring. Next time you have to make a difficult choice, or evaluate a relationship you are in, remembering some of these words of wisdom may help you to see and choose the best.