30 Best Loyalty Quotes & Sayings

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The true definition of being loyal is to be “unswerving in allegiance such as being faithful to a private person whom faithfulness is due or being faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product.” That's a mouthful — but these loyalty quotes and sayings describe the importance of loyalty on an everyday basis.

Anyone can be loyal to any thing, person, or idea. The true meaning of loyalty involves other traits, such as trustworthiness, honesty, and being loving and caring. 

Why can’t everyone be loyal to everyone? Why is it so difficult for some people?

Loyalty is a virtue that supports almost every backbone of human interaction, especially relationships, friendships, family, employers, employees, and more.

If you want to learn more about the true meaning of loyalty, here are some inspirational and intuitive lotalty quotes to live by in your everyday life.

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1. “I don’t like to give up on people when they need someone not to give up on them.” — Carol Bryant 

Count on your close friends to believe in you when you need it the most.

2. “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 

What kind of friend doesn’t want to know everything about you?

3. "Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have." — Ernie Banks 

Secure the bag, sis. But with loyalty, not just money.

4. “One loyal friend is worth 10 thousand relatives.” — Euripides 

We did the math and that’s a lot of people. We’ll just stick to the one loyal friend, please.

5. “Can’t be loyal to everyone, it’s a conflict of interest.” — Tyconis Allison 

Imagine that.

6. “I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. Honesty is number one, respect, and absolutely the third would have to be loyalty.” — Summer Altice 

Honesty, respect, and loyalty all go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other.

7. “When people show loyalty to you, you take care of those who are with you. It’s how it goes with everything. If you have a small circle of friends, and one of those friends doesn’t stay loyal to you, they don’t stay your friend for very long.” — John Cena 

We definitely see you now Mr. Cena. Come through with the words of wisdom.

8. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones” — John Lennon 

Loyal friends are hard to come by, but it’s definitely worth more having one loyal friend than five untrustworthy ones.

9. “Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present.” — Stephen Covey 

Loyalty is not just a face-to-face interaction; it should be maintained whenever and wherever with whomever.

10. “Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard.” — Confucius 

Only other people who can reciprocate your loyalty are worthy of it.

11. “It’s not about who is real in your face it’s about who stays loyal behind your back.”  — Talin Orfali Ghazarian

Anyone can seem loyal to our face, but when it comes to us leaving the room, that’s when their actions and words count.


12. “Love and loyalty run deeper than blood.” — Richelle Mead

You don’t need to be relatives to demonstrate your undying loyalty and love. 

13. "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

Loyalty starts the circle of love and hope. 

14. “Loyalty is the pledge of truth to oneself and others.” — Ada Velez-Boardley

When you love someone, you’re giving them your loyalty and pledging your truth to them.

15. “You give loyalty, you’ll get it back. You give love, you’ll get it back.” — Tommy Lasorda

Love and loyalty is a give-and-take situation.

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16. “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

How do you love someone? Easy, just stay honest and loyal.

17. “Loyalty isn’t grey. It’s black and white. You’re either loyal completely, or not loyal at all.” — Sharnay

Just like love, you can’t be a little untrustworthy and a little loyal at the same time. It doesn’t work like that.

18. “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

Loyalty in love does not mean being loyal only when it benefits you; it means to stay loyal even when you gain nothing from it.

The Meaning of Loyalty 

19. “Loyalty is a decision, a resolution of the soul.” — Pascal Mercier

It runs deep in your bones and in your soul. 

20. “Loyalty is something you give regardless of what you get back, and in giving loyalty, you’re getting more loyalty; and out of loyalty flow other great qualities.” — Charles Jones 

You don’t give loyalty and expect something other than loyalty in return; it’s an eye for an eye with extra benefits.

21. “Loyalty means I am down with you whether you are wrong or right, but I will tell you when you are wrong and help you get it right.”  — Anonymous

When you care about someone else, you want to make sure they can learn from their mistakes.

22. “Loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not.” — General Colin Powell

Being a ‘people-pleaser’ or a ‘yes-man’ isn’t truly being loyal; clear honesty is the answer.

The Power of Loyalty 

23. “Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.” — Woodrow T. Wilson

You’re sacrificing your selfish needs and ego to nurture your relationships with loyalty.

24. "If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness." — Elbert Hubbard

A little goes a long way.

25. "Where there is loyalty, weapons are of no use." — Paulo Coelho

Loyalty holds the ultimate power.

26. “My whole thing is loyalty. Loyalty over royalty; word is bond.” — Fetty Wap

Real-talk, Fetty Wap. Money can’t buy loyalty.

27. “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.” — Michael Jordan

What you get in return for loyalty is priceless.

28. “Loyalty is a 24-hour proposition, 24/7. It’s not a part-time job.” — Jonathan Moyo

We don’t need any ‘lukewarm’ friends here. 

29. “I’ll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.” — Samuel Goldwyn

Take the risk and reap the benefits.

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

Your loyalty is priceless and should be treated as such. If others don’t show you their appreciation or reciprocate your feelings, you’re wasting your energy on people who don’t deserve it.

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Rachell Lee is a writer who covers news, love and relationships, and self-care topics.