Saturday, December 13, 2008


This weeks subject is Loyalty. This is a characteristic that I find to be an admirable trait in people and one I feel I have.

Merriam-Webster's defines Loyalty as:

The quality or state or an instance of being

Function: noun Inflected

Form(s): plural loy·al·ties

Etymology: alteration of Middle English leawte, lewte, from Anglo-French lealté, leauté, from leal, leial loyal

Date:15th century

synonyms see fidelity.


"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses." ~ Ann Landers (American Advice columnist, 1918-2002)

"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty." ~ Zig Ziglar
(American motivational Speaker and Author. )


"At different states in our lives, the signs of love may vary: dependence, attraction, contentment, worry, loyalty, grief, but at the heart, the source is always the same. Human beings have the rare capacity to connect with each other, against all odds."

"Most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty." ~ Joanne Kathleen Rowling (English Writer, author of Harry Potter, b. b.1965)

"Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence." ~ Colin Powell (Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93)


"We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty." ~ G. K. Chesterton (English born Gabonese Critic, Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1874-1936)

"The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals." ~ Rensis Likert

"When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own." ~ Colin Powell (Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93)

"Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life" ~ Napoleon Hill (American author, 1883-1970)


"Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values." ~ Ayn Rand (Russian born American Writer and Novelist, 1905-1982)

"Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice." ~ Woodrow T. Wilson (American 28th President of the United States 1856-1924)

"I'll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty." ~ Samuel Goldwyn (Polish born American movie Producer and Founder of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1924. 1882-1974)


"A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down." ~ Robert Benchley

"Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done." ~ Colin Powell (Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93)

"Masters who sacrifice for servants will receive the gift of loyalty." ~ Proverb

"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 (Scottish Veterinarian and Writer. 1916-1995)


"The best way to keep loyalty in a man's heart is to keep money in his purse." ~ Irish Proverb

"Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one." ~ Andre Gide (French writer, humanist and moralist, 1947 Nobel prize for literature, 1869-1951)

"In thy face I see the map of honor, truth, and loyalty" ~ William Shakespeare (English Dramatist, Playwright and Poet, 1564-1616)

"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks." ~ Joe Paterno (American Football coach, b.1924)

"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul." ~ Mark Twain (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)


"Independence - is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes" ~ Mark Twain (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)

"When put to the test, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness" ~ Elbert Hubbard (American editor, publisher and writer, 1856-1915)

"Always laugh heartily at the jokes your boss tells, it may be a loyalty test." "The rope by which the great blocks of taxes are attached to any citizenry is simple loyalty." ~ Stephen King (American Writer, best known for his horror novels. b.1947)

"Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living" ~ Josiah Royce (American Philosopher. 1855-1916)


"The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace." ~ Michael Jordan (American NBA Basketball Player, widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of the game, b.1963)

"Morale is the state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope. It is confidence and zeal and loyalty. It is elan, esprit de corps and determination." ~General George Catlett Marshall (American military commander during WWII 1880-1959)

"Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice." ~ Jesse Ventura (American Governor of Minnesota, b.1952)

"Loyalty is a feature in a boy's character that inspires boundless hope." ~ Sir Robert Baden-Powell (British Army Officer, founder of the Boy Scouts, 1857-1941)

"The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love, do not require coupons."


"If you want loyalty - get a dog. If you want loyalty and attention - get a smart dog." ~ Grant Fairley

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." ~ George William Curtis (American social reformer, author and editor, 1824-1892)

"You've got to give loyalty down, if you want loyalty up." ~ Donald T. Regan

"Mere human beings can't afford to be fanatical about anything. Not even about justice or loyalty. The fanatic for justice ends by murdering a million helpless people to clear a space for his law-courts. If we are to survive on this planet, there must be compromises." ~ Storm Jameson


"People who love only once in their lives are. . . shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination." ~ Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)

"He who does not feel his friends to be the world to him, does not deserve that the world should hear of him." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Playwright, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist. 1749-1832)

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." ~ Josh Billings (American Humorist, 1818-1885)

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.""There is no friend as loyal as a book." ~ Ernest Hemingway (American novelist and short-story writer, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, 1899-1961)

"Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart" ~ Bible


"Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living" ~ Josiah Royce (American Philosopher. 1855-1916)

"Patriotism is just loyalty to friends, people, families." ~ Robert Santos "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 (English novelist, essayist and critic, 1835-1902)

"Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards." ~ Neil Kinnock (English Politician, b.1942)

"It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet; the bylaws are shorter, and he is personally acquainted with the other members" ~ E. B. White (American writer 1899-1985)


Do you have a favorite quote about loyalty?
I'd love for you to tell me.
Please feel free to share any that I didn't list.


This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is "Loyalty"

The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you.

If your interested just go to
Alicia's Blog and and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in", that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday.

Make sure you're not private so that everyone can read your blog.

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