Quotes about loyalty

A collection of quotes on the topic of love, partnership, loyalty, people.

Best quotes about loyalty

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„Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.“

—  William Shakespeare, book The Passionate Pilgrim

Source: The Passionate Pilgrim

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„My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins.“

—  Manuel L. Quezon president of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944 1878 - 1944

As quoted in John Gunther's Inside Asia. (1939)

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„My honor is my loyalty.“

—  Heinrich Himmler Nazi officer, Commander of the SS 1900 - 1945

Himmler formulated this as the watchword of the Schultzstaffel, an organization that eventually became an enormous organization ranging from the staff of the concentration camps to the Gestapo and SD, to the Waffen-SS, Hitler's personal soldiers. Above all else, Himmler and the rest of the Nazi leadership stressed the importance of loyalty to the Reich and the Fuehrer. As translated in The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), by Hannah Arendt Ch. 10
Undated

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„Love and loyalty runs deeper than blood.“

—  Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy

Source: Vampire Academy

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„Respect, Honesty, Courage, Rectitude, Loyalty, Honour, Benevolence“

—  Tsunetomo Yamamoto, book Hagakure

Source: Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

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„A person who deserves my loyalty receives it.“

—  Joyce Maynard American writer 1953

Source: Looking Back: A Chronicle of Growing Up Old in the Sixties

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„Sovereignty, loyalty, and solitude.“

—  Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962

Source: The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge

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„The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.“

—  Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 BC

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„I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.“

—  Meryl Streep American actress 1949

Misattributed to Meryl Streep (and widely disseminated on the Internet as of August/September 2014), this quote is allegedly a translation of a text by the author José Micard Teixeira, the original of which begins (in Portuguese): "Já não tenho paciência para algumas coisas, não porque me tenha tornado arrogante..."
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„For showing loyalty in the midst of prosperity calls for no particular admiration, but always, if men show themselves steadfast when friends have fallen upon misfortunes, this is remembered for all times.“

—  Xenophon ancient Greek historian and philosopher -430 - -354 BC

Hellenica Bk. 4, as translated by Carleton L. Brownson (1918)

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„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 veterinary surgeon and writer 1916 - 1995

Source: All Creatures Great and Small

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„I have given Him my faith, and sworn my allegiance to Him; how, then, can I go back from this, and not be hanged as a traitor?“

—  John Bunyan English Christian writer and preacher 1628 - 1688

Source: The Pilgrims Progress

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„That's what the democratic parties personify: business groups! Nothing more. 'Weltanschauung? What kind of reactionary expression is that? Honor, loyalty, creed, convictions? Man, you are living in yesterday!“

—  Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945

So sind die Parteien der Demokratie: Geschäftsgruppen! Weiter nichts. Weltanschauung? Was ist das für ein reaktionärer Begriff? Ehre, Treue, Glauben, Überzeugung? Mann, sie sind von Gestern!
Michael: a German fate in diary notes (1926)

„Loyalty is not a small thing. I'm an old Irish pol. No loyalty is owed, if no loyalty was given.“

—  Mike Murphy (political consultant) American political consultant 1962

As quoted in "Debriefing Mike Murphy" https://www.weeklystandard.com/matt-labash/debriefing-mike-murphy (18 March 2016), by Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard
2010s

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„Loyalty… is a realization that America was born of revolt, flourished in dissent, became great through experimentation.“

—  Henry Steele Commager American historian 1902 - 1998

Source: Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent (1954), p. 154

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„That loyalty to the country comes ahead of all other loyalties. And this is an absolute loyalty, since one cannot weight it in terms of what one receives.“

—  Lal Bahadur Shastri The second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party 1904 - 1966

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„It should not surprise Muslims if doubts were entertained about their loyalty. They could not ride on two horses.“

—  Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indian freedom fighter who forged united India 1875 - 1950

Patel complaining about the Indian Muslims' silence over Kashmir in a speech in Lucknow in 1948, quoted in B.D. Graham: Hindu Nationalism and quoted from Elst, Koenraad (2014). Decolonizing the Hindu mind: Ideological development of Hindu revivalism. New Delhi: Rupa. p.349

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„There is a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and much less prevalent.“

—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945

War As I Knew It (1947); also quoted in Patton's One-Minute Messages: Tactical Leadership Skills for Business Management (1995) by Charles M. Province, p. 88
Context: There is a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and much less prevalent. One of the most frequently noted characteristics of great men who have remained great is loyalty to their subordinates.

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„Morality consists of reproduction, survival of the race, and loyalty to our comrades. And not much else.“

—  David Lane (white nationalist) American white supremacist, convicted felon 1938 - 2007

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„There are many ways to motivate people to do things, but loyalty comes from the ability to inspire people.“

—  Simon Sinek British/American author and motivational speaker 1973

Source: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

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„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 African-American philosopher and political/civil rights activist 1953

Source: Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life

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„There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

Variant: There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.

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„Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

"Consistency" (5 December 1887). This quote is engraved on Twain's bust in the National Hall of Fame

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„But what are loyalty and caring really worth?"
"To me? Everything.“

—  Richelle Mead, book The Golden Lily

Source: The Golden Lily

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„Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Part VI: "Two Fragments from a Suppressed Book Called 'Glances at History' or 'Outlines of History' ".
Papers of the Adams Family (1939)
Variant: Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
Context: In a monarchy, the king and his family are the country; in a republic it is the common voice of the people. Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catch-phrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide it against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country — hold up your head! You have nothing to be ashamed of.
Only when a republic's life is in danger should a man uphold his government when it is in the wrong. There is no other time.
This Republic's life is not in peril. The nation has sold its honor for a phrase. It has swung itself loose from its safe anchorage and is drifting, its helm is in pirate hands.

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„Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

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„Far from being the father of jihad, Mohammad was a peacemaker, who risked his life and nearly lost the loyalty of his closest companions because he was determined to effect a reconciliation with Mecca.“

—  Karen Armstrong author and comparative religion scholar from Great Britain 1944

Source: Muhammad: A Biography of The Prophet (2001)

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„Wasn't it? Is loyalty still a commendable quality when it is misdirected?“

—  Cassandra Clare, book Clockwork Princess

Source: Clockwork Princess

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„In the end--when all else is dust--loyalty to those we love is all we can carry with us to the grave. Faith--true faith--was trusting in that love.“

—  Dan Simmons, book The Fall of Hyperion

Variant: Sol remembered the dream, remembered his daughter’s hug, and realized that in the end—when all else is dust—loyalty to those we love is all we can carry with us to the grave.
Source: The Fall of Hyperion (1990), Chapter 30 (p. 242)

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„The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

Source: The Ethics of Confucius

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„Equal laws protecting equal rights…the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country.“

—  James Madison 4th president of the United States (1809 to 1817) 1751 - 1836

Letter to Jacob De La Motta (August 1820), Manuscript Division, Papers of James Madison http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/loc/madison.html
1820s
Context: Equal laws protecting equal rights, are found as they ought to be presumed, the best guarantee of loyalty, and love of country; as well as best calculated to cherish that mutual respect and good will among citizens of every religious denomination which are necessary to social harmony and most favorable to the advancement of truth.
Context: Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect. And it is particularly pleasing to observe in the good citizenship of such as have been most distrusted and oppressed elsewhere, a happy illustration of the safety and success of this experiment of a just and benignant policy. Equal laws protecting equal rights, are found as they ought to be presumed, the best guarantee of loyalty, and love of country; as well as best calculated to cherish that mutual respect and good will among citizens of every religious denomination which are necessary to social harmony and most favorable to the advancement of truth.

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„A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (1967)
Context: A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. This oft misunderstood, this oft misinterpreted concept, so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.

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„The undead did not love, but they remembered love with a savage loyalty.“

—  Kim Harrison Pseudonym 1966

Source: A Perfect Blood

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„If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.

(, 1928)“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

Source: Works of Elbert Hubbard

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„I always think loyalty's such a tiresome virtue.“

—  Agatha Christie, book Peril at End House

Source: Peril at End House

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„Q. You do not consider your statement a disloyal one?
A. No, sir. Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty.
Q. You are sure that your statement represents scientific truth?
A. I am.“

—  Isaac Asimov, book Foundation

Part I, The Psychohistorians, section 6
Source: The Foundation series (1951–1993), Foundation (1951)

„Loyalty was a funny thing. So was love. They both bit you when you least expected it.“

—  Jodi Lynn Anderson American children's writer

Source: Peaches

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„I liked the idea of representing nobody but myself. No affiliation, no ties, no loyalties.“

—  Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson American writer and activist 1941

Final Analysis (1990)

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„He took his way to the abode of sacred Loyalty, seeking to discover her hidden purpose. It chanced that the goddess, who loves solitude, was then in a distant region of heaven, pondering in her heart the high concerns of the gods. Then he who gave peace to Nemea accosted her thus with reverence: "Goddess more ancient than Jupiter, glory of gods and men, without whom neither sea nor land finds peace, sister of Justice…"“
Ad limina sanctae contendit Fidei secretaque pectora temptat. arcanis dea laeta polo tum forte remoto caelicolum magnas uoluebat conscia curas. quam tali adloquitur Nemeae pacator honore: 'Ante Iouem generata, decus diuumque hominumque, qua sine non tellus pacem, non aequora norunt, iustitiae consors...'

—  Silius Italicus, Punica

Book II, lines 479–486
Punica

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„What can stand against loyalty? It is the faith that moves mountains.“

—  John Buchan British politician 1875 - 1940

Source: Midwinter (1923), Ch. X

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„Let us learn wisdom from this illustrious example. We have passed the Red Sea of slaughter; our garments are yet wet with its crimson spray. We have crossed the fearful wilderness of war, and have led our four hundred thousand heroes to sleep beside the dead enemies of the Republic. We have heard the voice of God amid the thunders of battle commanding us to wash our hands of iniquity, to 'proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.' When we spurned his counsels we were defeated, and the gulfs of ruin yawned before us. When we obeyed his voice, he gave us victory. And now at last we have reached the confines of the wilderness. Before us is the land of promise, the land of hope, the land of peace, filled with possibilities of greatness and glory too vast for the grasp of the imagination. Are we worthy to enter it? On what condition may it be ours to enjoy and transmit to our children's children? Let us pause and make deliberate and solemn preparation. Let us, as representatives of the people, whose servants we are, bear in advance the sacred ark of republican liberty, with its tables of the law inscribed with the 'irreversible guaranties' of liberty. Let us here build a monument on which shall be written not only the curses of the law against treason, disloyalty, and oppression, but also an everlasting covenant of peace and blessing with loyalty, liberty, and obedience; and all the people will say, Amen.“

—  James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881

1860s, Speech in the House of Representatives (1866)

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„How well I know that loyalty brings disaster.“

—  Qu Yuan ancient Chinese poet -343 - -278 BC

Original: (zh) 余固知謇謇之为患兮。
Source: "Encountering Sorrow" (trans. David Hawkes), Line 21

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„Senators undertake to disturb us… by reminding us of the possibility of large numbers swarming from China; but the answer to all this is very obvious and very simple. If the Chinese come here, they will come for citizenship or merely for labor. If they come for citizenship, then in this desire do they give a pledge of loyalty to our institutions; and where is the peril in such vows? They are peaceful and industrious; how can their citizenship be the occasion of solicitude?“

—  Charles Sumner American abolitionist and politician 1811 - 1874

Speech https://books.google.com/books?id=HGM9AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA5172&lpg=PA5172&dq=%22Worse+than+any+heathen+or+pagan+abroad+are+those+in+our+midst+who+are+false+to+our+institutions.%22&source=bl&ots=n-wpUEfhND&sig=wHyJSOd8M1rswurZUUnUgAFrTn0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjXtt2swKjLAhWFGD4KHWCjBDsQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=%22Worse%20than%20any%20heathen%20or%20pagan%20abroad%20are%20those%20in%20our%20midst%20who%20are%20false%20to%20our%20institutions.%22&f=false (4 July 1870)