Quotations About / On: LOYALTY

  • 1.
    Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 2.
    My honor is my loyalty.
    (Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945), German Nazi leader. Formulated as the watchword of the S.S. Nazi elite, ch. 10, trans. by Hannah Arendt in The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951). Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, vol. 5, U.S. Government Printing Office (1946- 1948), gives an alternative translation: "My honor signifies faithfulness.")
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  • 3.
    Among those who share a throne there can be no loyalty; Dominion's ever impatient consort.
    (Marcus Annaeus Lucan (39-65), Roman epic poet. Pharsalia, 1. 92-93.)
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  • 4.
    I'll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.
    (Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Remark to personnel who questioned his authority. Quoted in Arthur Marx, Goldwyn: The Man Behind the Myth, ch. 27 (1976).)
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    Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
    (Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Origins of Totalitarianism, ch. 10, sect. 1 (1951).)
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    Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world—and never will.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. paper, read in Hartford, Connecticut, 1884; repr. In Complete Essays, ed. Charles Neider (1963). "Consistency," (1923). The first words of the statement were inscribed beneath Twain's bust in the Hall of Fame, New York University. Twain's real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.)
  • 7.
    Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
    (Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Essays in Criticism, preface, First Series (1865). Referring to Oxford University; see Arnold's comment on "cities.")
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  • 8.
    There is a feeling of loyalty to her which seems to compel me to indulge in mournful thoughts. Do not mistake. Relief is coming. I am more like myself—more hopeful.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. IV, p. 533, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Harriet Herron (December 26, 1889). Written six months after his wife's death.)
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  • 9.
    The long discussions and painful arguments of adolescence and the fierce loyalties to teachers, heroes, and gurus during the teenage years are simply our children's struggles to ensure that the lifestyles and values they adopt are worthy of their allegiance.
    (Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. Rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 4 (1987).)
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  • 10.
    There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.
    (Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "The Great Beast," pt. 3, Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962).)
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