Loyalty is one of those values that run in the background of our daily lives but without which we struggle to live meaningfully. Why is loyalty important? First of all, loyalty is the foundation of all our personal and professional relationships, and secondly, loyalty enables us to gain a sense of confidence and trust in the people around us and in our environment.
Check out these quotes that reflect upon loyalty in new and surprising ways.
Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice. – Woodrow T. Wilson
Loyalty is so important because it acts as an empowering energy that allows us to do incredible, brave things that otherwise would scare us. Loyalty teaches us to accept sacrifice with open heart whenever life tests our values.
Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise. – Hannah Arendt
For most people, loyalty and fidelity are the same things, but actually, fidelity is most of the times connected to a purpose, goal, or compensation, while loyalty is derived from principles such as honesty and integrity, and it can never be bought.
Loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not. – General Colin Powell
Every relationship exists because people decide to stay loyal to each other and treat loyalty as the foundation of their connection. However, being loyal to people does not mean pleasing them at all costs, but rather being completely honest with them, even when the truth hurts.
You cannot buy loyalty. You cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds, and souls. You have to earn these things. – Clarence Francis
Loyalty is one of those things that we must earn with hard work in life. Whenever we decide to win loyalty by playing tricks such as offering compensations or rewards, we discover that the loyalty we get is fake and frail, lasting only as long as compensations are valid.
The only people to which I owe my loyalty are those who never made me question theirs. – Unknown
Loyalty is a two-way street. We offer loyalty to those who know how to return it with honesty and authenticity. Loyalty is a connection of mutual consideration and respect and a decision that two or more people have to take together.
Loyalty isn’t grey. It’s black and white. You’re either loyal completely, or not loyal at all. – Sharnay
On the list of our values and principles, loyalty scores really high, yet unlike other values, loyalty is less subjective. There are no degrees of loyalty. We are either loyal to someone or something or we are not. Loyalty is not conditional.
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. – Maurice R. Franks
Loyalty is both a value and a feeling, which means it is hard for us to define it rationally. What we do know is that loyalty comes from within, emerging as a creed or an inner power. It cannot be faked or manufactured, because its main structure is honesty.
Don’t let your loyalty become slavery. If they don’t appreciate what you bring to the table, let them eat alone. – Unknown
We all know that balance is the true key to a healthy and happy life, so the same rule is valid when we talk about loyalty. When loyalty is not met with respect and appreciation, it turns into bitter and unhealthy co-dependence, or even slavery.
You don’t earn loyalty in a day. You earn loyalty day-by-day. – Jeffrey Gitomer
As great relationships are forged in time, loyalty is also one of those solid connections that form in time, which each passing day becoming stronger. Every day, loyalty can either become stronger or be lost forever.
Loyalty is a decision, a resolution of the soul. – Pascal Mercier
Loyalty is so powerful because it is enforced both by our hearts and minds. It starts with a communication of the souls and a decision that takes place at the level of the heart, while it slowly transforms into an agreement of the mind.
Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have. – Ernie Banks
Whenever we look back on our lives, we realize that the things that give color and meaning to our memories are the connections we build with people. Friendship and loyalty go hand in hand and together they become the solid foundation of our happy lives.
Those who don’t know the value of loyalty can never appreciate the cost of betrayal. – Unknown
Although their intuition tells them otherwise, people don’t always value loyalty as they should. They only realize how important is loyalty when they are betrayed by someone or something that they believed in.
Loyalty to the family must be merged into loyalty to the community, loyalty to the community into loyalty to the nation, and loyalty to the nation into loyalty to mankind. – Thomas Cochrane
Loyalty works on many levels of life, from friendships to business or community life. It is the glue that keeps people together, making them unite for greater causes and build societies and civilizations.
Within the hearts of men, loyalty and consideration are esteemed greater than success. – Bryant H. McGill
Success attracts respect because it is flashy and ostentatious, but deep within their hearts, people know that there are greater and more important values than success. One of these values is loyalty, which is more helpful on the road to real fulfilment and happiness.
Loyalty is what makes us trust, trust is what makes us stay, staying is what makes us love, and love is what gives us hope. – Glenn van Dekken
A healthy life is one that is based on loyalty, trust, love, and hope, and which further sustains these values. No matter how blindly we follow other pursuits, we always return to these eternally good values.
Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy. – Seneca
The difference between loyalty and fidelity is that fidelity is easier to earn. Fidelity can be bought with money and rewards, but it only lasts as long as the compensation works. Loyalty, on the contrary, is a principle of the heart, indifferent to money and other conditions.
We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. – G.K. Chesterton
People are always hard at each other, forgetting that each of us is fighting a hard battle. The best we could do for other people is to treat them with loyalty and consideration, aware that we are caught in the same struggles.
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
Loyalty and honesty are two sides of the same coin. Whenever these two are separated, they lose their power. Loyalty cannot exist without honesty and vice-versa. They are the true foundation of any human relationship.
Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard. – Confucius
Being loyal and trustworthy is, first of all, a matter of self-respect. If we are loyal souls, we owe it to ourselves to befriend people who value loyalty and honesty as much as ourselves. It is a standard for which we should never feel guilty.
We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. – Cornel West
Relationships are complicated, but things such as loyalty, commitment, and love can make them easier and more fun. Loyalty is a precondition for any healthy relationship and it is one of those things that come naturally when we respect and love the other person.
I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me- they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could. – Veronica Roth
We often discuss identity, community, or connection, but we rarely acknowledge the fact that loyalty is the thing that makes identity or community possible. Without loyalty to a cause or a group, we cannot feel a sense of belonging.
The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other. – Mario Puzo
The strength of every relationship and every group, no matter how big or small, is deeply connected to loyalty. Wherever there is loyalty, there is strength and there is place for growth and development.
I don’t like to give up on people when they need someone not to give up on them. – Carrol Bryant
Some people are naturally empathetic and loyal, and would never betray someone who trusts them, while others find it easy to walk away from people who need them. It takes a lot of introspection and honesty to discover where we stand.
Any person who deserves my loyalty receives it. – Joyce Maynard
We all desire loyalty from the people around us, yet we cannot force them to be loyal to us. We earn loyalty by being honest and loyal ourselves. However, loyalty is not a trade, but something that emerges naturally between honest people.
Unlike the puerile loyalty to a conviction, loyalty to a friend is a virtue – perhaps the only virtue, the last remaining one. – Milan Kundera
Like everything else in life, even loyalty can become dangerous in certain conditions, especially loyalty to beliefs and convictions. Although loyalty to people we love is also not safe all the time, it is nevertheless purer.
A friend is someone who walks into a room when everyone else is walking out. – Gary Moore
Loyalty is like a subtle, invisible force that we only notice when things get tough. In times of happiness, loyalty doesn’t need to show its face, but whenever something bad happens, we cling to the loyalty of those around us to save us. Only then we discover who are our true, loyal friends.
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
Loyalty is the backbone of every friendship because a friendship without trust is very lonely and alienating. If we cannot be sure of our friends’ loyalty, we can never connect with them on a sincere and authentic level.
Honesty and loyalty are key. If two people can be honest with each other about everything, that’s probably the biggest key to success. – Taylor Lautner
Loyalty is probably the biggest hurdle in any relationship, yet once this is settled, everything becomes easier. Loyalty allows for great things to happen because it gives people confidence and a sense of connection and security.
You give loyalty, you’ll get it back. You give love, you’ll get it back. –Tommy Lasorda
The good thing about loyalty is that the more we give, the more we receive, as with love itself. There are no boundaries to loyalty and it is not something that gets depleted. It is always there, waiting to grow as the true power of honest people.
Love often wears a mask in order to test loyalty. – Minna Antrim
Loyalty in love is something that people take very seriously and which can easily ruin relationships if it is not discussed properly. Each person sets their own border between loyalty and betrayal and when we love, we must be very open about it.
Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. – Mark Twain
While loyalty is usually a positive value, it can turn into a burden for people who like to stay loyal to subjective things such as opinions or convictions. Change is the law of life and our loyalty must always know how to navigate changes.