Whether we’re talking about family, friends or romantic relationships, everyone seeks loyalty in others. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to form bonds that stand the test of time.

People demand it, but true loyalty, just like respect, is something that should be earned. The following loyalty quotes teach us why it is one’s duty to appreciate the value of this trait.

However, you can always be tricked into misplacing your own loyalty. In an ideal world, we should be able to trust the few people closest to us, to love and be loved back. Yet, we sometimes give the best we’ve got to people who ultimately betray us.

Maybe you fall in love with the wrong person, trust a friend with a secret or expect a family member to be there simply because they’re family. Sometimes people will fail you and it will hurt, but it’ll serve as a life lesson nonetheless.

Everyone gets to experience betrayal at one point in their life — it’s how we learn the true meaning of loyalty and how to choose more carefully the ones we give it to.

Here are 25 loyalty quotes that will help you build stronger relationships:

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

ELBERT HUBBARD

The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.

MARIO PUZO

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.  

J. R. R. TOLKIEN

The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.

ALBERT SCHWEITZER

I have a loyalty that runs in my bloodstream, when I lock into someone or something, you can’t get me away from it because I commit that thoroughly. That’s in friendship, that’s a deal, that’s a commitment. […] But if you shake my hand, that’s for life.

JERRY LEWIS

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 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

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

DEAN KOONTZ

The whole point of loyalty was not to change: stick with those who stuck with you.

LARRY MCMURTRY

My whole thing is loyalty. Loyalty over royalty; word is bond.

FETTY WAP

Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.

JOSIAH ROYCE

Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard.

CONFUCIUS (more Confucius quotes)
Cicero Loyalty Quotes
Cicero Loyalty Quotes

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable, than loyalty.

CICERO

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

WOODROW T. WILSON

Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.

MARTIN LUTHER

Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Where there is loyalty, weapons are of no use.

PAULO COELHO (more Paulo Coelho quotes)

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

I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.

ALBERT CAMUS (more Albert Camus quotes)

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.

ZIG ZIGLAR (more Zig Ziglar quotes)

Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.

HARVEY MACKAY

The whole point of loyalty was not to change: stick with those who stuck with you.

LARRY MCMURTRY

Trust is a big word for me. Loyalty and trust, for me, are everything. It’s the core of what I’m about and what the people around me hopefully are about. It’s a certain thing that gives you a sense of security.

TOMMY MOTTOLA

A friend is someone who walks into a room when everyone else is walking out.

GARY MOORE

Loyalty is a 24-hour proposition, 24/7. It’s not a part-time job.

JONATHAN MOYO