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Quotes on LOYALTY
"I'm not the one who was elected." Although she disagreed with her husband on "a lot of issues," she emphasized, "I would never do anything to undermine my husband's point of view."
— Laura Bush
First Lady in an interview with Associated Press
"Stick to a friend a little in the wrong."
— John Randolph
"Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong."
— Abraham Lincoln
"The loyalties which center upon number one are enormous. If he trips, he must be sustained. If he make mistakes, they must be covered. If he sleeps, he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good, he must be pole-axed."
— Winston Churchill
"You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best."
— Andrew Carnegie
"You've got to give loyalty down, if you want loyalty up."
— Donald T. Regan
"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 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
"Talk to people in their own language. If you do it well, they'll say, 'God, he said exactly what I was thinking.' And when they begin to respect you, they'll follow you to the death."
— Lee J. Iacocca
"Put on the company hat. (Be willing to accept actions that may have a negative impact upon a particular component but are in the best interests of the company as a whole.)"
— Reginald H. Jones
quoted by Harry Levinson and Stuart Rosenthal
"Be a friend when people most need one. As movie mogul Lew Wasserman used to advise talent agents: 'If an actor is working, make sure you talk to him at least twice a week. If he is not working, talk to him every day.' Helping people will not guarantee that they respond to you in kind. My experience is that you can count on about one in ten, but this one makes up for the others."
— David Mahoney
"An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness."
— Elbert Hubbard
"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