Loyalty Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old loyalty quotes, loyalty sayings, and loyalty proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.      

Woodrow T. Wilson

Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.      

Hannah Arendt

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

Loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this state, stimulates me. But once a decision is made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.     

General Colin Powell

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

Elbert Hubbard

Loyalty isn't grey. It's black and white. You're either loyal completely, or not loyal at all.     


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

You cannot buy loyalty; you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds, and souls. You have to earn these things.     

Clarence Francis

The only people I owe my loyalty to are those who never made me question theirs.     


If loyalty is, and always has been, perceived as obsolete, why do we continue to praise it? Because loyalty is essential to the most basic things that make life livable. Without loyalty there can be no love. Without loyalty there can be no family. Without loyalty there can be no friendship. Without loyalty there can be no commitment to community or country. And without those things, there can be no society.     

Eric Felten

Don't let your loyalty become slavery. If they don't appreciate what you bring to the table, let them eat alone.     


Our modern, rootless times do seem to be a particularly inhospitable environment for loyalty. We come and go so relentlessly that our friendships can't but come and go too. What sort of loyalty is there in the age of Facebook, when friendship is a costless transaction, a business of flip reciprocity.... Friendship held together by nothing more permanent than hyperlinks is hardly the stuff of selfless fidelity.     

Eric Felten

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.     

Mark Twain

The highest spiritual quality, the noblest property of mind a man can have, is this of loyalty ... a man with no loyalty in him, with no sense of love or reverence or devotion due to something outside and above his poor daily life, with its pains and pleasures, profits and losses, is as evil a case as man can be.     

Algernon Charles Swinburne

I'll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.     

Samuel Goldwyn

Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards.     

Neil Kinnock

Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.     

Mark Twain

Unlike the puerile loyalty to a conviction, loyalty to a friend is a virtue — perhaps the only virtue, the last remaining one.     

Milan Kundera

Loyalty to an unjust cause is a perversion of honor.     

Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Loyalty publicly results in leverage privately.      

Andy Stanley

Loyal companions are an unequaled grace, stanching fear before it bleeds you numb, a reliable antidote for creeping despair.     

Dean Koontz

Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I've ever thought I'd have.     

Ernie Banks

Loyalty is a characteristic trait. Those who have it, give it free of charge.      

Ellen J. Barrier

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

Those who don't know the value of loyalty can never appreciate the cost of betrayal.     


Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of faithfulness.      

Cheryl Cole

Within the hearts of men, loyalty and consideration are esteemed greater than success.      

Bryant H. McGill

An intelligent and conscientious opposition is a part of loyalty to country.      

Bainbridge Colby

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

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