70 Quotes about Loyalty & 5 Poems
Are you looking for quotes about loyalty and faithfulness? Then you’re in the right place! You’ll find the right quotes for you in the eight different categories below. The 70 quotes deal with fake loyalty, faithfulness, the goodwill of friends and mutual loyalty.
If you don’t always stand 100 percent behind everything your friends say or do, but still assure them of your support, then you are a loyal person.
But there are also limits to loyalty. Blindly following others can have negative consequences for you. Loyalty can exist despite differing views, though it is always based on shared values.
Quotes about Loyalty and Fidelity
Here we have gathered a collection of quotes about loyalty. They handle faithfulness, solidarity, friendship, honor and family.
Whether you’re looking for short quotes, words of wisdom or quotes to make you reflect – we have the suitable quote on hand.
Quotes about Fake Loyalty
To get things going, here you will find quotes about fake loyalty and hypocrisy. Fake loyalty is a form of lying. Use one of these quotes when you want to address deceit and a breach of trust.
- Cold hearts freeze allegiance in them.
(William Shakespeare, English playwright, 1564-1616)
- Disloyalty is, so to speak, a lie of the entire person.
(Jean de La Bruyère, French philosopher, 1645-1696)
- Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.
(Aesop, Greek author, 620-564 B.C.)
- When loyalty is not a reciprocal gift, it is the most foolish of wastes.
(Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian physician, 1862-1931)
- Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love, it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.
(Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, 1854-1900)
- It will be acknowledged even by those that practice it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of man’s nature; and that mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.
(Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher, 1561-1626)
- In the long run, masks stick to the skin. Hypocrisy eventually turns into honesty.
(Jules and Edmond de Goncourt, French social novelists, 1830-1870/1822-1896)
Loyalty Quotes for Relationships
Loyalty is the basis for a long-lasting relationship. If your relationship lacks faithfulness, loyalty and trust, then you’re going to run into issues down the road. Below, we have listed some quotes about the role loyalty plays in relationships.
They deal with what a loyal relationship should look like, what happens without it, and the importance of loyalty in love.
- A real gentleman stays loyal, faithful and true to his girl.
When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is not an option, but a priority. Loyalty is everything.
- A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
(Robert Benchley, American humorist, 1889-1945)
- If I’m with you, I’m completely yours. My loyalty will never change.
- Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.
(Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United Stated, 1856-1924)
- Even on bad terms, loyalty shouldn’t change.
- Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.
(Socrates, Greek philosopher, 469-399 B.C.)
- Loyalty isn’t gray. It’s black and white. You’re either loyal completely, or not loyal at all.
- A woman’s loyalty is tested when her man has nothing. A man’s loyalty is tested when he has everything.
- If you truly love someone, being faithful is easy.
Hood and Gangster Quotes about Loyalty
The tightly-knitted nature of gangs and mobs can often produce some inspiring insights into the value of loyalty and the role of family. Loyalty is famously the number-one priority in many of these groups, and so they can offer some words of wisdom regarding loyalty.
Below are some gangster quotes that illustrate the strong value of loyalty.
- Blood makes you related, and loyalty makes you family.
- Don’t let your loyalty become slavery. If they don’t appreciate what you bring to the table, then let them eat alone.
- Loyalty that is bought with money may be overcome by money.
(Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher, c. 4 B.C.-65 A.D.)
- Friends are not as important as family. Do not confuse the loyalty of friendship with the bond of blood.
- It is better to be faithful than famous.
(Theodore Roosevelt, American president, 1858-1919)
- Loyalty is rare. If you find it, keep it.
- Sometimes you gotta remember not everybody was raised like you.
- The saddest thing about betrayal is it never comes from your enemies.
- 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. The citizen of the future must be a citizen of the world.
(Thomas Cochrane, British politician, 1775-1860)
- I wish people were more like money, so you could hold them up to the light and see which ones are fake or real.
Quotes about Loyalty and Betrayal
The quotes below deal with disloyalty and betrayal. The disappointment you feel when you have been deceived is illustrated in the quotes listed below. Use one of these quotes when you want to express this kind of betrayal.
- Loyalty is simply the highest value on earth, and it bitterly avenges those who carelessly break it.
(Ludovica Hesekiel, German writer, 1847-1889)
- To silence slander is to surrender and abandon.
(Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Persian philosopher, 1058-1111)
- Dogs are rightly regarded as the embodiment of loyalty. Where else can one find refuge from man’s endless pretense, deceit and betrayal but in dogs, whose honest nature can be viewed without suspicion.
(Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher, 1788-1860)
- Betrayal breaks all bonds.
(Friedrich von Schiller, German playwright, 1759-1805)
- He who betrays a secret serves another.
(George Herbert, British poet, 1593-1633)
- If I do not have your respect, I do not have your loyalty either.
- There can be no fairer reason for pain among men than when they are hurt and harmed by a party from whom they had a right to expect gratitude and goodwill.
(Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-American journalist, 1847-1911)
Quotes about Loyalty and Love in Friendships and Family
The quotes in this category deal with trust among family and friends, for which loyalty is a prerequisite.
- The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
(Mark Twain, American writer, 1835-1910)
- The loyalty one owes his friend is a sacred thing which even jesting cannot endure.
(Pythagoras, Greek philosopher, 570-510 B.C.)
- Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard.
(Confucius, Chinese philosopher, 551 B.C.-479 B.C.)
- Friendship: being there for each other even when you don’t agree.
- I would sooner forget my own face,
Than that of a man who served me faithfully.
(Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German Playwright, 1813-1863)
- True friends stand by you even if they don’t agree with you.
- There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.
(Samuel Johnson, English poet, 1709-1784)
- People who stand loyally by your side are what we call family.
Short Quotes about Loyalty
This category contains particularly short quotes about the topic of loyalty. The quotes deal with individual facets of loyal relationships, like strength, trust, honor and appreciation. Short quotes are great for forwarding to friends on WhatsApp (Here you will find more WhatsApp quotes).
- Loyalty is the holiest good in the human heart.
(Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher, c. 4 B.C.-65 A.D.)
- A little bit of faithfulness often brings a lot of strength.
(Gerhardt Tersteegen, German writer, 1697-1769)
- Loyalty is borne from trust, and remains through appreciation.
- Without loyalty, life means nothing.
(Friedrich Harkort, German industrialist, 1793-1880)
- Patriotism is geographical loyalty.
- I happen to suffer from pathological loyalty.
(Hermann Löns, German journalist, 1866-1914)
- Loyalty is the core of honor.
(Paul von Hindenburg, German politician, 1847-1934)
- Bravery is not enough. Loyalty and obedience are more important.
(George Orwell, English writer, 1903-1950)
Quotes about Loyalty to Think About
The following quotes should make you reflect and get you thinking about loyalty. We are dealing with mutual loyalty, the limits of loyal relationships, and reflecting on when loyalty becomes forced.
- It is not wise to expect more faithfulness from others than you do from yourself.
(Christina, Queen of Sweden, 1626-1689)
- So long as a man is faithful to himself, everything is in his favor, government, society, the very sun, moon and stars.
(Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher, 1817-1862)
- Only fools are faithful until they die. Faithfulness is limited by the mind.
(Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, French diplomat, 1754-1838)
- Some things give the impression of loyalty and are in fact – habit.
(Peter Sirius, German poet, 1858-1913)
- An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
(Elbert Hubbard, American writer, 1856-1915)
- Forcing yourself to stay true to what you love is no different to being untrue.
(François de La Rochefoucauld, French author, 1613-1680)
Beautiful Loyalty and Fidelity Quotes
Loyalty is part and parcel of a healthy relationship. In this category, you will find beautiful quotes that deal with exactly this fidelity and illustrate the value of solidarity in interpersonal relationships.
- Love is perfected by fidelity.
(Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian and writer, 1813-1855)
- Faith in the small things makes faith in the big things easier.
(Johann Caspar Lavater, Swiss pastor, 1741-1801)
- It’s not the performance that counts: it’s the loyalty!
(Carl Mirbt, German historian, 1860-1929)
- True loyalty will sooner expose a friend than an enemy.
(Karl Kraus, Austrian writer, 1874-1936)
- Let me learn loyalty,
which is the basis of all life.
(Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian writer, 1874-1929)
- Where there is honor, loyalty is always sacred.
(Publilius Syrus, Roman moralist and aphorist, 90-40 B.C.)
- A constant fidelity in small things is a great and heroic virtue.
(St. Bonaventure, Italian philosopher, 1221-1274)
Wisdoms about Loyalty and Honor
In this category, we have compiled 7 wise sayings from all over the world that handle loyalty, honor and faithful behavior. Words of wisdom are suitable for sending to others thanks to their strong message and short nature. Send one of these wise sayings to your loved ones to bring up the topic of loyalty.
- If it were not for betrayal, we would not appreciate loyalty.
- Loyalty means not taking an opportunity, even though it presents itself to you.
- Loyalty ennobles even the likes of servitude.
- He who honors others is honorable himself.
- He who honors you more than is customary, betrays you or tries to do so.
- Hold tightly with both hands to a loyal friendship.
- Honor is most eagerly sought by those who have lost it.
Loyalty and Fidelity Poems
Below you will find five poems that deal with loyalty. Some of them handle a lack of loyalty and one-sided trust, while others deal with loyal friendships. The latter are great for sharing with friends to thank them for their unconditional loyalty.
A Broken Appoinment
You did not come,
And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb.
Yet less for loss of your dear presence there
Than that I thus found lacking in your make
That high compassion which can overbear
Reluctance for pure loving kindness' sake
Grieved I, when, as the hope-hour stroked its sum,
You did not come.
You love me not,
And love alone can lend you loyalty;
–I know and knew it.
But, unto the store
Of human deeds divine in all but name,
Was it not worth a little hour or more
To add yet this: Once you, a woman, came
To soothe a time-torn man; even though it be
You love me not.
(Thomas Hardy, British writer, 1840-1928)
Should some one speak unkindly of your friend,
With earnest mien, you must his worth defend;
Though all the world should at your true friend chide,
Hold to his hand and stand close by his side—
For this we know: a true and trusty heart
Of happy life is an essential part.
Heaven will in its gentle kindness give
True friends to those who truly act and live,
But those that fail trustworthy friends to prize
At length are severed from these holy ties—
And finally, o’erwhelmed by doubt and fear,
Are borne by strangers on their rustic bier.
Should storms betide and all your fortune rend,
You still are rich if you possess a friend,
But if you win vast fortune and renown,
Or even wear a sceptered, kingly crown,
And have no friends, no trusty friends in need,
You still are poor, ah! very poor, indeed!
(Bernhart Paul Holst, Australian writer, 1861-1940)
This is the hardest part:
When I came back to life
I was a good family dog
and not too friendly to strangers.
I got a thirty-five dollar raise
in salary, and through the pea-soup fogs
I drove the General, and introduced him
I had a totalitarian approach
and was a massive boost to his popularity.
I did my best to reduce the number of people.
The local bourgeoisie did not exist.
One of them was a mystic
and walked right over me
as if I were a bed of hot coals.
This is par for the course-
I will be employing sundry golf metaphors
henceforth, because a dog, best friend
and chief advisor to the General, should.
While dining with the General I said,
"Let’s play the back nine in a sacred rage.
Let’s tee-off over the foredoomed community
and putt ourselves thunderously, touching bottom."
He drank it all in, rugged and dusky.
I think I know what he was thinking.
He held his automatic to my little head
and recited a poem about my many weaknesses,
for which I loved him so.
(Edward Taylor, American Puritan poet, 1642-1729)
They locked him in a prison cell,
Murky and mean.
She kissed him there a wife’s farewell
The bars between.
And when she turned to go, the crowd,
Thinking to see her shamed and bowed,
Saw her pass out as calm and proud
As any queen.
She passed a kinsman on the street,
To whose sad eyes
She made reply with smile as sweet
As April skies.
To one who loved her once and knew
The sorrow of her life, she threw
A gay word, ere his tale was due
She met a playmate, whose red rose
Had never a thorn,
Whom fortune guided when she chose
Her marriage morn,
And, smiling, looked her in the eye;
But, seeing the tears of sympathy,
Her smile died, and she passed on by
In quiet scorn.
They could not know how, when by night
The city slept,
A sleepless woman, still and white,
The watches kept;
How her wife-loyal heart had borne
The keen pain of a flowerless thorn,
How hot the tears that smiles and scorn
Had held unwept.
(John Charles McNeill, American poet, 1874-1907)
The Poison Tree
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I water’d it in fears
Night & morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,
And into my garden stole,
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretch’d beneath the tree.
(William Blake, English poet, 1757-1827)