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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #7 --- Loyalty

Updated on March 8, 2011

Quotations on Loyalty

Loyalty, reverence and respect are attitudes of the mind, very much akin to each other. All are a part of self-discipline. Nobility of character cannot be developed without a deep-seated feeling of loyalty, reverence and respect for someone and/or some cause greater than one's self. Respect is the very basis of loyalty and without it there can be no loyalty.

—Parley A. Arave and James P. Low, Northern Lights, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, November 1959.

Loyalty is more than law abiding; it is a life that serves with the whole heart and mind. Too many people fool themselves believing they can do half a job and still maintain complete loyalty. Loyalty can easily be feigned. Anyone can give outward signs of conformity; anyone can act the part; but deep down are we truly loyal to the trust that has been placed in us?

—David P. Clyde, Accelerator, Sydney, Australia, November 1968.

One of the most essential parts of unity is loyalty. There can be no union where loyalty does not exist. Loyalty is a pretty difficult quality to possess. It requires the ability to put away selfishness and greed. You cannot be loyal unless you are willing to follow. There is no growth, mental, physical, or spiritual, unless there be some sacrifice on the part of him who would be loyal. One's own preferences and desires must be put away, and he must see only the goal that lies ahead. For some the attribute of being able to follow is a difficult one, for others it isn't quite as hard, But remember, the best leaders are the best followers.

—Randy J. Wolf, Northern Lights, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 1970.

No loyalty is of any value unless it is honorable and true. Loyalty to a dishonorable person or a dishonest act is not loyalty. It is conspiracy.

—Phil D. Jensen, Nor Scotia Challenger, Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 30, 1964.

Seniority without loyalty is some guy looking for a place to hide. Dedication without loyalty is a lie. Ambition without loyalty is avarice. Leadership without loyalty is hollow, empty, lifeless.

—Grant A. Stucki, Motivator, Portland, Ore., May 1971.

Loyalty means adherence to ideals. It means an uncompromising devotion to the principles of justice because in justice lies the only hope of the world. It means respect for the law and order that is the strongest guarantee of your own freedom.

—Herbert H. Lehman, New York Times, New York, N.Y., June 6, 1939.

We ought not to confuse loyalty with bigotry or prejudice, or clannishness, or arrogance. These are but the counterfeits of loyalty. Loyalty is born of a sense of obligation. It is akin to allegiance. ... Loyalty is in all fairness an obligation upon us. Not to be loyal ... is to do less than our duty.

—P.I. Lipsey, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 8, 1931.

Loyalty transmutes vision into practice and ideals into character and conduct.

—R.C. Long, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Jan. 31, 1930.

It is well to be true and just and honest and good and to do your duty. But there is something better. It is loyalty. Loyalty is that sure something plus which makes a man. It is virtue's crown of virtue in a woman. ...

You can do many things to make yourself admired temporarily, but for enduring good will there is no more solid foundation rock than loyalty. Disloyalty is the hardest thing in the world to forgive.

When the thought of a loyal friend comes to you it makes you feel good all over; the very knowledge that he lives is medicine to your soul. And when you think of one who is disloyal you want to go and wash your mouth to get the bitter taste out of it. Just to be loyal! We can all be that; and, if we only knew, there isn't anything higher this side of heaven we can be.

Real love is, after all, about nine-tenths loyalty. Love needs passion and understanding and smiles, but if it has all of them and has not loyalty it is pauperous.

—Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 31, 1917.

Loyalty is the foundation virtue. For if one has all other excellencies, all other elements both of strength and charm, and has not loyalty he has built his house on the sand and great will be the fall thereof.

All character begins in fidelity. It makes no difference about your other gifts and graces, if your are essentially a liar you have no social value. Every relation in life depends upon loyalty. There can be no family life without loyalty. Neither can there exist a happy marriage. No friendship is possible without loyalty. No business can be successful without it.

Loyalty is the cement that holds the bricks together in the edifice of human society. Hence loyalty is the one thing that makes and keeps a nation.

—Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., June 27, 1918.

Loyalty has its finest expression in cooperation. You know that cooperation is an art and it is not an easy art to master. Sometimes men forget that it takes just as much intelligence to agree as it does to object. Cooperation does not mean being a rubber stamp. It does not mean to be devoid of thought or independence. It takes a big man to cooperate wholeheartedly. A little man cannot attain the art of teamwork.

—Henry Alford Porter, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., April 15, 1926.

Loyalty is measured by deeds, not words, and by service rendered to others rather than professions of devotion however boisterous and emphatic.

—Joseph S. Davis, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 4, 1935.

Loyalty with a price tag on it is a pretense and is too high at any price. ... Love for and loyalty to principles of right are qualities of character that cannot be bought as a commodity in the marketplace or turned on and off like a faucet.

—David M. Gardner, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 4, 1954.

Integrity is the very core of character and loyalty is the crown of conduct.

—B.D. Gray, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., July 7,1938,

Loyalty, if it is to remain steadfast in the face of adversity, must be capable of infinite self-sacrifice and constantly courageous to meet attack.

—Charles Seymour, New York Times, New York, N.Y., June 17, 1940.

Effective loyalty implies the capacity to look beyond the immediate foreground to a distant horizon, to survey the course before us with open eyes, with an appreciation of the perils involved and with determination to overcome them, to choose the path that leads toward the ideal.

—Charles Seymour, New York Times, New York, N.Y., June 16, 1941.

There is no finer trait of character than loyalty. No attitude towards a friend is of deeper significance nor of greater effort. One loves loyalty almost above all other attributes. Loyalty is a mark of nobility. Loyalty among friends pays the highest dividends. Nothing we give to or receive from a friend is more valuable. It's the coin of true friendship, and rich indeed is he who receives it.

But loyalty should not be blind to one's faults and failings. Loyalty does not require that weakness or waywardness be winked at. As well watch a friend be destroyed without rendering him some assistance, as to permit him to do wrong without correction. Without interest in a friend's welfare there can be no true loyalty. Loyalty demands that we safeguard him from harm of self, from bad habits as well as from outside evil.

Concealment of a friend's failings is not proper loyalty. At the inception of those failings help can best be given. Then is the time to put an arm around him and to lift him up into better ways; and that is the time to disclose his failings to others who will help him. If you cannot give him all the assistance he needs to mend his ways, it is your bounden duty to seek others who will join with you. Until you have done all that you can and have procured all the help from others whose interest is the same as yours, you have not done your full duty, you have not been truly loyal to a friend.

—William H. Reeder, Jr., New Englander, Cambridge, Mass., April 1942.

One cannot be loyal to a cause merely by command or exhortation any more than one can love by being told to love. Ideals and sentiments must be built into the life before one can either love or be loyal. It requires more than instruction. Ideals expressed in every-day practical life, relationship and enterprise alone will suffice to produce this attitude of life in the young, growing generation. The emotional nature must be developed. Sentiments must take shape in the life as the emotional nature is developed. The will must be disciplined. Discriminating judgment will be necessary, and this can only be where the individual has a disciplined volitional nature that will insure a positive decision when principle is involved.

—J.M. Gurley, The Western Messenger, Kansas City, Mo., June 27, 1919.

Several ingredients go into the making of loyalty. ... Certainly these four are important: appreciation, gratitude, enthusiasm, a sense of responsibility. Loyalty is born of appreciation and gratitude. It is inspired and energized by enthusiasm. It creates the responsible citizen who can be depended on for his full, willing and even enthusiastic discharge of every obligation.

—E.F. Haight, Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., Nov. 28, 1940.

Loyalty is the foundation of friendship.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., July 16, 1938.

Loyalty is a characteristic that describes a person with genuine fiber and sinew of integrity. A man is measured in part, not alone by wisdom, power, or wealth, but by his loyalty to his ideals.

—Joy MacAdam, Cumorah's Southern Messenger, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 1962.

That quality of loyalty, what a marvelous thing it is! Think of it just for a moment. It is the loyalties that men have had to other men and causes that form the secret of human progress and development. It is the loyalties of life that men have manifested that make the romance of life. It is the utter abandonment of a man to a cause that sets the whole world wondering. And there isn't any quality in life that as it is developed in man will make man greater than the quality of loyalty. We need to build it into our modern life today because a man who lacks the spirit of loyalty is a man who lacks the quality of greatness. ...

The essential quality that we need to build back into the home is the spirit of loyalty. The loyalty of man to his wife, the loyalty of the wife to her husband, the loyalty of children to the father and the mother, the loyalty to that indescribable thing without which you could not have a home! Loyalty to the ideals upon which the home is based! We can all appreciate and understand that marvelous capacity that everyone of us is capable of even if we cannot always define it. ...

Loyalty precedes understanding. That is most of the time the case. ... A man is only as good as his word, that is all! The value of a man is determined by his loyalty to a person or to a cause. A loyalty not expressed in words, but a loyalty expressed in life!

—James Wise, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., March 7, 1928.

Did you take a good look in the mirror today?

Did you see a person there you can respect?

Self-respect is vital to a successful, meaningful life.

Did you see a person who is loyal?

Loyalty is necessary to achieve self-respect. Loyalty is a characteristic that causes you to be faithful to a person, an ideal, or the purpose you are serving. It is radiated in your life by your performance and your conduct. It is demonstrated by your actions, and your sentiments. It is being for that which you represent and is reflected in your thoughts, your attitude, and your work. Loyalty is being honest with yourself and your associates.

To be loyal to yourself requires you to refrain from that which would destroy your inner peace, offend your conscience, or prevent you from gaining your greatest potential.

Pathfinder, Bellevue, Wash., January 1969.

It does not make any difference how great and gifted a man may be, what brilliant and enduring victories he may be able to accomplish, if he is disloyal, he will die without friends. It cannot be otherwise. If there is anything that will atone for the absence of other gifts and graces, it is loyalty. ... There isn't anything in a friend that you admire so much as loyalty.

There isn't anyone of whom you would do so much as the one who is steadfast in his devotion to you. Now, a man need not be rich to be loyal. He need not be renowned. Loyalty is an everyday virtue, and yet the absence of this virtue is the thing that fills penitentiaries, wrecks business enterprises and overthrows governments. Any man who is devoid of this virtue will die without friends. I believe it. If a man is untrue to principles he cannot be trusted.

When a man stands at his post on a sinking ship, he gives evidence of loyalty, and when he stands to his guns in the face of a forlorn charge he gives evidence of loyalty; but every man can give evidence of loyalty. Any man who engaged to do a day's work and only does a half day's work, is not loyal. Any man who engages to perform a task and refuses to do it thoroughly and well, is not loyal. Any man who engages in a righteous cause and then turns back, becomes in hard English a traitor; he cannot be anything else. ... No man can afford to deviate from right, in politics, religion, or in business.

—Bryant S. Hinckley, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 6, 1909.

Loyalty is the keynote to citizenship. Without loyalty of the individual we would have no nation, hence no need for government and citizenship, so all these rely on loyalty. By loyalty, I mean a true willingness to sacrifice all efforts, all personal aims, and even life and liberty to the nation that is your sovereign. Loyalty brings oneness or unity. Loyalty brings honor and satisfaction of having been upright.

—Beula Crum, Ochiltree County Herald, Perryton, Texas, April 5, 1928.


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