Loyalty (quotes)


Loyalty is giving constant support or allegiance


Ode to loyalty


Loyalty is one of the great virtues

  • Perhaps, indeed, there are no truly universal ethics: or to put it more precisely, the ways in which ethical principles are interpreted will inevitably differ across cultures and eras. Yet, these differences arise chiefly at the margins. All known societies embrace the virtues of truthfulness, integrity, loyalty, fairness; none explicitly endorse falsehood, dishonesty, disloyalty, gross inequity. Howard Gardner
  • Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. Confucius
  • Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of faithfulness. Edwin Louis Cole
  • Fidelity is the sister of justice. Horace
  • Virtue

Loyalty is what real wealth is

  • Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have. Ernie Banks
  • The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith. Confucius
  • True wealth

Loyalty is the pledge of truth

  • Loyalty is the pledge of truth to oneself and others. Ada Velez-Boardley
  • If a man asks me for my loyalty…I will give him my honesty. If a man asks me for my honesty…I will give him my loyalty! John Boyd
  • Truth

Loyalty has self-sacrifice at its heart

  • Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice. Woodrow Wilson
  • Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love. Morihei Ueshiba

Loyalty lies in the heart

  • 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
  • You can buy a person’s hands but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is. Stephen Covey
  • Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Bible
  • The heart

Loyalty is at the heart of love

  • 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
  • Love

True loyalty


True loyalty is constant

  • Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon. Samuel Butler

True loyalty cannot be bought or manufactured

  • Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy. Seneca
  • 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 R. Franks

The rewards of loyalty


Loyalty is a foundation stone of success

  • The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. Zig Ziglar
  • Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life. Napoleon Hill
  • Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. Colin Powell
  • Within the hearts of men, loyalty and consideration are esteemed greater than success. Bryant H. McGill
  • Success

Loyalty creates peace, fulfilment and freedom

  • Wherever there is a grain of loyalty there is a glimpse of freedom. Algernon Charles Swinburne
  • Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living. Josiah Royce
  • The game is my life. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace. Michael Jordan
  • Inner peace, FulfilmentFreedom

Loyalty creates trust

  • Honesty will always be respected, but only through loyalty will someone be trusted. Trent Shelton
  • Trust

Loyalty creates unity

  • Loyalty is a major force making for unity in any life-even in the existence of a civilization…. It gives point and flavor, most of all meaning, to a life or a culture. Harmon M. Gehr
  • UnityOneness

Loyalty creates dependability

  • Is it something only dogs know? When I think of it, I wonder if I would rather have it than love. Whereas love is often an over- used word and an unpredictable feeling, the other is nothing but dependability. Donna Lynn Hope

Loyalty creates meaning, integrity and honor

  • If vitality gives a man’s perspectives color, if community bonds give them breadth, if awareness of the land makes them realistic, a deep sense of loyalty gives them personal meaning and integrity. Harry Huntt Ransom
  • My honor is my loyalty. Heinrich Himmler
  • MeaningIntegrityHonor

Loyalty creates hope

  • Loyalty is a feature in a boy’s character that inspires boundless hope. Sir Robert Baden-Powell
  • Hope

Loyalty creates happiness

  • 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 Ingalls Wilder
  • Happiness

Be loyal and earn loyalty


Value loyalty over all else

  • 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
  • It is better to be faithful than famous. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Loyalty is something you give regardless of what you get back, and in giving loyalty, you’re getting more loyalty; and out of loyalty flow other great qualities. Charles ”Tremendous” Jones
  • Values to live by

To get loyalty from others, be loyal to them

  • You’ve got to give loyalty down, if you want loyalty up. Donald T. Regan

Loyalty must be earned day by day

  • You don’t earn loyalty in a day. You earn loyalty day-by-day. Jeffrey Gitomer

Be loyal to …


Be loyal to your values and principles

  • Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self- indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. Ayn Rand
  • Independence is loyalty to one’s best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes. Mark Twain
  • ValuesPrinciples

Be loyal to your conscience

  • They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience. Joseph Conrad
  • Conscience

Be loyal to love

  • I don’t care a damn about men who are loyal to the people who pay them, to organizations…I don’t think even my country means all that much. There are many countries in our blood, aren’t there, but only one person. Would the world be in the mess it is if we were loyal to love and not to countries? Graham Greene
  • Love

Be loyal to your heart’s passion

  • It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion. Rebecca West
  • Passion

Be loyal to a great cause

  • Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit. Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Purpose

Be loyal to your convictions

  • No more important duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions. Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Be loyal to your promises and commitments

  • Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. Orebela Gbenga
  • Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible. Hannah Arendt
  • Commitment

Be loyal in your relationships

  • We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. Cornel West
  • Principles for healthy relationships

Be loyal to your family

  • So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modeled upon it. Haniel Long
  • The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other. Mario Puzo
  • Family

Be loyal to your friends

  • Unlike the puerile loyalty to a conviction, loyalty to a friend is a virtue – perhaps the only virtue, the last remaining one. Milan Kundera
  • Your truest friends are the ones who will stand by you in your darkest moments–because they’re willing to brave the shadows with you–and in your greatest moments–because they’re not afraid to let you shine. Nicole Yatsonsky
  • Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have. Ernie Banks
  • 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
  • Most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty. J.K. Rowling
  • Friends are the flowers in the garden of life, beginning with a seed of trust, nurtured with laughter and tears, growing into loyalty and love. Nishan Panwar
  • Making hundred friends is not a miracle… The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you. Melchor Lim
  • If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E. M. Forster
  • We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty G.K. Chesterton
  • Friendship

Be loyal to your team

  • The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals. Rensis Likert
  • When you’re part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they’d do the same for you. Yogi Berra
  • Teamwork

Be loyal to your employer

  • If you work for a man, in heaven’s name work for him! If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him – speak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of the time, and the rest of the time work against him. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.  Elbert Hubbard
  • Work

Be loyal to your traditions

  • The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one’s own tradition with reverence for different traditions. Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies. Joseph Wood Krutch
  • Tradition

Be loyal to your country

  • Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. Mark Twain
  • A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. George William Curtis
  • My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to…its office holders. Mark Twain
  • Patriotism is just loyalty to friends, people, families. Robert Santos
  • Loyalty must arise spontaneously from the hearts of people who love their country and respect their government. Hugo L. Black
  • An intelligent and conscientious opposition is a part of loyalty to country. Bainbridge Colby
  • The strength of a country or creed lies in the true sense of loyalty it can arouse in the hearts of its people. Louis C. Gerstein

Be loyal to the planet

  • It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet; the bylaws are shorter, and he is personally acquainted with the other members. B. White
  • Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring. Carl Sagan
  • Care for the environment

Be loyal to one thing

  • A jack of both sides, is before long, trusted by nobody, and abused by both parties. Proverb
  • No man can serve two masters. Matthew 6:24
  • Focus

Final thoughts


Stop being loyal to petrified beliefs and opinions


Dogs provide the greatest lesson in loyalty

  • A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-  a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.  John Grogan
  • If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. James Herriot
  • Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. Alfred A. Montapert
  • A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down. Robert Benchley
  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. Josh Billings
  • Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. Alexander Pope
  • Dogs

On a lighter note

  • A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down. Robert Benchley
  • Cheats, liars and criminals may resist every blandishment while respectable gentlemen have been moved to appalling treasons by watery cabbage in a departmental canteen. John Le Carré
  • He has all the characteristics of a dog except loyalty.  Sam Houston
  • I am the most loyal player money can buy.  Don Sutton
  • I believe in loyalty. When a woman reaches an age she likes she should stick with it. Eva Gabor
  • If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde
  • Loyalty is for the dogs. Count me among the cats. And count me twice—once for each of my faces.  Jarod Kintz
  • Marriage teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self-restraint, meekness, and a great many other things you wouldn’t need if you had stayed single. Jimmy Townsend
  • Men are only as loyal as their options.  Bill Maher
  • To you I’m an atheist; to God I’m the Loyal Opposition. Woody Allen
  • There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway