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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
A fanatic is one who sticks to his guns whether they're loaded or not. Franklin P. Jones
What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong. William Lamb Melbourne
A liar is always lavish of oaths. Pierre Corneille
He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still. Samuel Butler
There are no friends at cards or world politics. Finley Peter Dunne
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath. Solon
A few honest men are better than numbers. Oliver Cromwell
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
Loyalty, in the heart and understanding of an Englishman, is a rational attachment to the guardian of the laws. Junius; Philip Francis
Taking the Congressional oath of office with a Koran will embolden Islamic extremists and make new ones. Dennis Prager
May it please you to take away my life rather than the old religion. Mary I
Occupancy of the Front Bench imposes penalties as well as privileges. Its members have to surrender some of the freedom which the back benches afford, and they have to consider much more closely whether what they do and say may help or compromise the position of the Party.. These obligations are so trying at times that men … do not care to assume them, preferring the greater freedom of the back benches. I would not personally press anyone to change back bench freedom for Front Bench reticence and circumspection, but I should like you to consider whether or not you cared to do so. If you thought that you could stand the yoke (and I have not found it too difficult) it would be a pleasure to me to tell the members of the Party that I proposed to ask you to join those who sit on the Front Bench. Harry Snell
Never, not once, have I disobeyed my Emperor’s wishes on all things. Hideki Tojo
Members of this Assembly shall immediately take a solemn oath not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established and consolidated upon firm foundations; and that, the said oath taken, all members and each one of them individually shall ratify this steadfast resolution by signature. French Assembly
Race is set against race, party against party, religion against religion, neighbor against neighbor, and child against parent Ralph E. Flanders
I—here in the presence of Almighty God, as I hope for ease, honor and comfort in this world, and happiness in the world to come, most earnestly, devoutly and religiously swear; that I will neither directly of indirectly assist the wicked instruments of ministerial tyranny and villainy, commonly called the king’s troops and navy, by furnishing them with provisions and refreshments of any kind …. I will neither directly or indirectly convey any intelligence, nor give any advice to the foresaid enemies describe …. I will whenever called upon by the voice of the continental congress or by that of … this particular colony … to take arms and subject myself to military discipline in defense of the common rights and liberties of America… Charles Lee
Is the Muslim who is an American citizen ---... Is he really an American citizen who loves America, or does he belong to a fifth column, with loyalties that lie elsewhere, and he is only using America temporarily to accumulate wealth? Khaled Abu Alfadhl
I am a man of a thousand faces, all of them blacklisted. Zero Mostel
My first allegiance must stay where it has always been, to the people of the United States, my own people. Henry Cabot Lodge
Above all, my brothers, do not swear -- not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your Yes be Yes, and your No, No, and you will not be condemned Robert Harris
The duty of a Privy Counselor appears from the oath of office [to require the Counselor] to keep the King’s counsel secret…[and] to withstand all persons who would attempt the contrary. William Blackstone
In all cases wherein you are to give your vote, you shall do as in your judgment and conscience you shall see to be just, and for the publick good. Anonymous
It is not the writer's task to answer questions but to question answers. To be impertinent, insolent, and, if necessary, subversive. Edward Abbey
I had a visit from Mr. James Buchanan, Secretary of State. He told me that he had formerly visited my father at Quincy [MA], and said that in speaking to him of some of the Tories during our Revolutionary War, he said they were men of great respectability, fine talents, and excellent private character, but that they were all deplorably loyal—an epithet which Mr. Buchanan said had greatly diverted him. John Quincy Adams
Woe be unto man, who ought to follow, but does not follow, these dumb quadrupeds [Elk] that are irrational and speechless, but so faithful toward one another that one lays down his life for the sake of his mate or his young one. Ardashir I
The man who is always watching for his own gain is a traitor at heart. Letter of Aristeas
Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly ever of the public interest. Aristotle
A fox in its hour—bow to it. Babylonian Talmud
I do affirm I was never, nor am, a popish Recusant—or popishly affected John Barbor
One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for Independence. Charles A. Beard
How useless oaths are has been shown by experience. Cesare Beccaria
Be on guard against your friends. Wisdom of Ben Sira
Harry Hopkins is nice and likable, but would commit murder for the president [Franklin Roosevelt]. Adolph A. Berle Jr.
There are in the United States many persons of Japanese extraction whose loyalty to the country, even in the present emergency is unquestioned. It would therefore be a serious mistake to take any action against these people. Francis Biddle
I have been taught by experience, and never hesitate to sacrifice personal feeling to the requirements of the hour. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
What matter if they hang me, provided the rope by which I am hung bind this new Germany firmly to your throne. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Traitor? Traitor to what? My country is Quebec! Lucien Bouchard
On the banner which you will be carrying in the victorious march of Communism, there is also a drop of my blood. Nikolai Bukharin
Oaths are but words, and words but wind. Samuel Butler
He that imposes an oath makes it, Not he that for conveniences takes it. Then how can any man be said To break an oath he never made. Samuel Butler
For if good fortune makes your friends for you, Ill fortune makes them enemies for sure. Geoffrey Chaucer
William Judas Bryan. James B. Clark
I am the most unfortunate man in the history of parties: always run by my friends when sure to be defeated, and now betrayed for a nomination when I, or any one, would be sure of an election. Henry Clay
My friends are not worth the powder and shot it would take to kill them. If there were two Henry Clays, one of them would make the other President of the United States. Henry Clay
I wish, when the coat wears out that Eugene Debs wore at his trial [for espionage in 1918], I could have a little piece of it to keep in my Bible. Sarah Cleghorn
Party faithlessness is party dishonor. Grover Cleveland
There are some men whose enemies are to be pitied much, and their friends more. Charles Caleb Colton
Who would be cleared by their committees? Not Washington, who was a rebel. Not Jefferson. who wrote that ... "rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." Not Garrison, who publicly burned the Constitution; or Wendell Phillips ... a philosophical anarchist; nor [William] Seward of the Higher Law.... Not Lincoln ... or Wilson ... or Justice Holmes. Henry Steele Commager
The most striking thing is the absence of personal loyalty to the President. He has no admirers, no enthusiastic supporters, none to bet on his head. Richard Henry Dana
… only an empty political formula Eamon de Valera
Oaths are crutches, upon which lies go. Thomas Dekker
In politics, loyalty is everything. James O. Eastland
I,-------- do, in the presence of Almighty God, promise, vow, and protest to maintain, and defend as farr as lawfully I maye, with my Life, Power and Estate, the true Reformed Protestant religion, expressed in the Doctrine of the Church of England, against all Popery and Popish Innovations, within this Realme, contrary to the same Doctrine, and according to the duty of my Allegiance, His Majesties Royal Person, Honour and Estate, as alsoe the Power and Privileges of Parliament, the lawful Rights and Liberties of the Subjects, and any person that maketh this Protestation, in whatsoever he shall do in the lawful Pursuance of the same; and to my power, and as farr as lawfully I may, I will appose and by all good Ways and Means endeavour to bring to condign Punishment all such as shall, either by Force, Practice, Councels, Plots, Conspiracies, or otherwise, doe any Thing to the contrary of any Thing in this present Protestation contained: and further, that I shall, in all just and honourable ways, endeavour to preserve the Union and Peace betwixt the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland: and neither for Hope, Feare, nor other Respect, shell relinquish this Promise, Vow and Protestate. English Parliament
It does no harm to throw the occasional man overboard, but it does not do much good if you are steering full speed ahead for the rocks. Ian Gilmour
We must never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. Billy Graham
If you would be a loyal American, then become a loyal Christian. Billy Graham
The world is full of men who think and teach what is right. But as soon as they are called upon to act, they are assailed by doubts and fears. Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm
We cannot legislate morality. No, and we cannot legislate loyalty, for loyalty is a kind of morality. We cannot produce these things by decrees or commissions or public inquisitions. A. Whitney Griswold
But is he a patriot for me? Francis II; Francis I
Perhaps as dangerous as the actual Communists are the sexual perverts who have infiltrated our government in recent years. Guy George Gabrielson
Before every free conscience in America is subpoenaed, please speak up! Judy Garland
If we allowed those who are leading Irish politics unlimited power… we should have to begin by conquering Ireland, if ever we had to fight any other power. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marquess Salisbury
I hate causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E. M. Forster
I am for the Comintern from start to finish ... and if the Comintern finds itself criss-cross with my opinions, there is only one thing to do and that is to change my opinions to fit the policy of the Comintern. William Z. Foster
He serves me most who serves his country best. Homer
[I never implied] that President Truman was disloyal or pro-Communist. He was blind to the Communist menace and used very bad judgement. J. Edgar Hoover
Polk's appointments all in all are the most damnable set that was ever made by any President since the government was organized.... He has a set of interested parasites around him, who flatter him until he does not know himself. He seems to be acting upon the principle of hanging an old friend for the purpose of making two new ones.... There is one thing I will say ... I never betrayed a friend or [was] guilty of the black sin of ingratitude. I fear Mr. Polk cannot say as much. Andrew Jackson
[Referring to Henry Clay:] Judas of the West Andrew Jackson
The nobles will stand by the crown and the crown must stand by them … except the Campbells. James II
I was Chairman Mao's dog. Whomever he told me to bite, I bit. Jiang Qing
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Book of John
I expect a kiss-my-ass-at-high-noon-in-Macy's-window loyalty. Lyndon B. Johnson
All friendship is preferring the interest of a friend, to the neglect, or perhaps, against the interest of others; so that an old Greek said, "He that has friends has no friend. Samuel Johnson
Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is a man that will support me when I am wrong. John A. MacDonald
Henceforth, as long as l hold this office, I dedicate myself to the supremest welfare of mankind upon earth. Horace Mann
The greatest virtue in a prince is to know his friends. Marcus Valerius Martial
No man can serve two masters. Book of Matthew
How can we account for our present situation unless we believe that men high in this government are concerting to deliver us to disaster? This must be the product of a great conspiracy on a scale so immense as to dwarf any previous such venture in the history of man. Joseph R. McCarthy
How can we account for our present situation unless we believe that men high in this government are concerting to deliver us to disaster? Joseph R. McCarthy
A man's enemies are the men of his own house. Book of Micah
I was born in this country. I serve this country every day in my work. I am loyal to this country. I shouldn’t have to state my loyalty. Unfortunately because of the color of my skin and the culture I come from there are some who suspect our loyalty. Gloria Molina
The FBI is full of Fordham graduates keeping tabs on Harvard Men in the State Department. Daniel P. Moynihan
I own frankly now that I am to engage, that what I may do may be reckoned and will be reckoned desperate. All appearances seem to be against me. Interest, prudence, and the obligations to you which I lie under, will prevent most people in my situation from taking a resolution that may probably end in my utter ruin. My life, my fortune, my expectations, the happiness of my wife and children are all at stake …, and yet a principle (what seems to me) honour, and my duty to King and Country, outweighs everything. George Murray
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. Edward R. Murrow
We must differentiate between loyalty to one’s country and blind loyalty to the policy that a particular administration happens to be carrying out. Edward R. Murrow
My country? My country is the United States. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Those who like Italy better than America should return to Italy. [Few did. Many enlisted.] Fiorello H. La Guardia
Any service rendered to the temporal king to the prejudice of the eternal king is, without doubt, an act of treachery. Stephen Langton
A healthy loyalty is not passive and complacent, but active and critical. Harold J. Laski
I am branded in Quebec as a traitor to the French, and in Ontario as a traitor to the English. In Quebec I am branded as a Jingo, and in Ontario as a separatist. In Quebec I am attacked is an imperialists, and in Ontario as an anti-imperialist. I am neither. I am a Canadian. Wilfrid Laurier
A union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets … has no charm for me. Robert E. Lee
The strictest loyalty to the ideas of communism must be combined with the ability to make all the necessary practical compromises, to tack, to make agreements, zigzags, retreats, and so on, in order to accelerate coming into power. Vladimir Lenin
A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration. Abraham Lincoln
I will pardon Jeff Davis, if he asks for it. Abraham Lincoln
In my devotion to the Union I hope I am behind no man in the nation. Abraham Lincoln
The Union we intend to keep, and loyal states will not let disloyal ones break it. Abraham Lincoln
I have never had but one allegiance; I can not divide it now. I have never loved but one flag, and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for a league. Henry Cabot Lodge
There are things I wanted to say renouncing communism in theory but they (the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee—another Civil Rights organization) would not go along. We wanted to say that it was an alien philosophy contrary to us, but they wouldn’t go along. Martin Luther King Jr.
I served King Henry well as Chancellor: I am his no more, and I must serve the Church. Thomas Becket
This was a forced oath; the spirits do not hear such. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
if there are any German-Americans here who are so ungrateful for all the benefits they have received that they are still for the Kaiser, there is only one thing to do with them. And that is to hog-tie them, give them back the wooden shoes and the rags they landed in, and ship them back to the Fatherland. James Watson Gerard
Now that we are in the war [WWI], there are only two sides and every American must declare himself—American or traitor. James Watson Gerard
The Foreign Minister of Germany once said to me "your country does not dare do anything against Germany, because we have in your country 500,000 German reservists [immigrants from Germany] who will rise in arms against your government if you dare to make a move against Germany." Well, I told him that that might be so, but that we had 500,001 lamp posts in this country, and that that was where the reservists would be hanging the day after they tried to rise. James Watson Gerard
We will prove to our countrymen that the ties formed by grace and faith are stronger than flesh and blood. God and our country – this [is] our watchword. Loyalty to God’s church and to our country – this [is] our religious and political faith. James Gibbons
The silence of a treacherous man is to be feared even more than his words. Greek Proverb
My duty is to pass this nation, which I inherited from my ancestors, on to future generations. Abiding by what Emperor Meiji preached, I will bear the hardships and carry out my duties and be loyal to the nation. After giving considerable thought to this matter, I am determined to devote myself to rebuilding the nation, while bearing the hardships. What would happen if I abdicated? People would ask why I abdicated. In that case, there would be turmoil. Hirohito
Put not your trust in Princes. India
I know you are a rich and great king. You have plenty of soldiers and govern a big country yourself. Therefore it is difficult for you to subject yourself to me voluntarily. Still, it would be better if you swore fealty to me … You who live in houses, who have castles and towns, how will you escape me? Genghis Khan
Put not your trust and confidence in kings and princes. Adarbad Mahraspandan
I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first. Thomas More
To the Tennis Court and there saw the King play at Tennis, and others; but to see how the King’s play was extolled without any cause at all was a loathsome sight, though sometimes indeed he did play very well and deserved to be commended; but such open flattery is beastly. Samuel Pepys
How I can reach Moscow by the shortest way, in a brief space, so that I may wreak vengeance on this great perfidy of my people, with punishments worthy of their abominable crime? Not one of them shall escape with impunity. Around my royal city, which, with their impious efforts, they planned to destroy, I will have gibbets and gallows set upon the walls and ramparts, and each and every one of them will I put to a direful death. Peter the Great
Because tyrants never stop worrying about the loyalty of their militaries, they often establish ruling-party militias to act as personal guarantors of their safety in the event of assassination or coup attempts. Samantha Power
Warlike Ardour of the People: When they go into battle, it is a disgrace for the chief to be surpassed in valor, a disgrace for his followers not to equal the valor of the chief. And it is an infamy and a reproach for life to have survived the chief, and returned from the field. To defend, to protect him, to ascribe one's own brave deeds to his renown, is the height of loyalty. The chief fights for victory; his vassals fight for their chief. Cornelius Tacitus
In all times the Church has called upon her children to love their homeland on earth and not to spare their lives to protect it if it was threatened Russian Orthodox Church
Love the earthly homeland… it has raised, distinguished, honored and equipped you with everything John of Kronstadt; [John Ilyitch Sergieff
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors I Book of Peter
The Church not only prescribes for her children to obey state power regardless of the convictions and faith of its bearers, but also prays for it. Russian Orthodox Church
The blind allegiance to party is killing us. Alan Ehrenhalt
You may take from me, Sir, the privileges and emoluments of place, but you cannot, and you shall not, take from me those habitual and warm regards for the prosperity of Great Britain which constitute the honour, the happiness, the pride of my life, and which, I trust, death alone can extinguish. William Pitt the Younger
Anyone Who throws their lot in with the United States has to be taken care of. Loyalty works both ways… It’s a matter of morality. Paul D. Eaton
There are over 30,000 lobbyists circling around the 535 members of Congress. The people should have their Senator as their lobbyist. Jim Webb
I certify and declare that the Account of the Population of the District for which I am Enumerator, contained in this Book, has been truly and faithfully taken by me, and that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the same is correct John Pearson
I swear or affirm (as the case may be) to be true to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and to serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever; and to observe and obey the Orders of the Continental Congress and the Orders of the General, and officers set over me by them Continental Congress
I,_______________, do utterly testify and declare in my conscience, that the queen's highness is the only supreme governor of this realm, and of all other her highness's dominions and countries, as well in all spiritual or ecclesiastical things or causes, as temporal, and that no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate, has, or ought to have, any jurisdiction, power, superiority, preeminence, or authority ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm; and therefore I do utterly renounce and forsake all foreign jurisdictions, powers, superiorities, and authorities, and do promise that from henceforth I shall bear faith and true allegiance to the queen's highness, her heirs and lawful successors, and to my power shall assist and defend all jurisdictions, pre-eminences, privileges, and authorities granted or belonging to the queen's highness, her heirs and successors, or united and annexed to the imperial crown of this realm. So help me God, and by the contents of this book Elizabeth I
The following is a list of Communist Party members or suspects in our organization …. The operation of preparing and signing the [loyalty] oaths and fingerprinting all employees is now being undertaken and the results will be forwarded to the FBI …. The foundation has taken a highly punitive stand on Communism. I shall shortly be in Washington to go over this matter with the government. L. Ron Hubbard
I am ready to meet my Redeemer....I do not believe everything that is now being taught and practiced by Brigham Young. I do not care who hears it....I studied to make this man’s will my pleasure for thirty years. See, now, what I have come to this day! I have been sacrificed in a cowardly, dastardly manner...What confidence can I have in such a man! I have none, and I don’t think my Father in heaven has any... John D. Lee
We are loyal, because our equal civil, social, and religious rights are respected by this [the Canadian] Government in theory and in practice. Were it otherwise, we would be otherwise. D'Arcy McGee
The first check we met was from the Catholic clergy. Our men came to us telling that they were driven away from the confessionals, and would not get absolution unless they gave up the oath. We asked them did they think they committed a sin in taking an oath to fight for their country's freedom, and when they said they did not, we told them to tell the priests that they came to confess their sins and not their virtues, and to ask the priests if they had sworn to fight for England against Ireland, would they not get absolution? The priests were getting vexed with us, and we were getting vexed with the priests Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
This will not be disloyalty but will show that as members of a party they are loyal first to the fine things for which the party stands and when it rejects those things or forgets the legitimate objects for which parties exist, then as a party it cannot command the honest loyalty of its members. Eleanor Roosevelt
My faith in the people governing is, on the whole, infinitesimal; my faith in the people governed is, on the whole, illimitable. Charles Dickens
Rats desert a sinking ship. French Proverb
A close friend can become a close enemy. Ethiopian Proverb
I’ll hang them. Zachary Taylor
I swear not to act without instructions in matters of peace or truce, war, negotiations with other potentates about alliances or aid, lands or cities … the sending abroad of ambassadors. Holland
I believe in the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments. Pennsylvania
Really—no mental reservations Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Compelled speech isn't worth much. Nat Hentoff
In politics you can't be true to all of your friends all the time. Perry S. Heath
I have no trouble with my enemies. But my goddamn friends, White, they are the ones who keep me walking the floor nights. Warren G. Harding
I, ______ do solemnly swear, (or affirm) in the presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of the States thereunder, and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves. So help me God. Andrew Johnson
Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system, another body representing another form of government, a bureaucratic elite which believes our Constitution is outmoded William E. Jenner
In practically every war, it seems, those wielding the authority of the state were gripped with a galvanizing fear, not just of the enemy abroad but of an imagined virus of resistance and subversion at home. David K. Shipler
Arnold is a traitor, and has fled to the British! Whom can we trust now? George Washington
This is dying with me. I'm not saying it even if I'm tied to a tree and being stabbed. I assume all the civilian and criminal responsibility Roberto Jefferson
I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church … James Joyce
The really loyal people ... don't talk about it everlastingly. Thomas Chandler Haliburton
More than one person was appointed provisional governor who could not take the oath of office required by act of Congress. Other persons in the same predicament were appointed in the revenue service. The effect of these appointments was disastrous. They were in the nature of notice to rebels everywhere, that participation in the rebellion was no bar to office. If one of their number could be appointed governor, if another could be appointed to a confidential position in the Treasury Department, then there was nobody on the long list of blood who might not look for preferment. And thus all offices from governor to constable were handed over to a disloyal scramble. Rebels crawled forth from their retreats. Men who had hardly ventured to expect their lives were now candidates for office, and the rebellion became strong again. The change was felt in all the gradations of government, whether in States, counties, towns, or villages. Rebels found themselves in places of trust, while the true-hearted Unionists, who had watched for the coming of our flag and ought to have enjoyed its protecting power, were driven into hiding-places. All this was under the auspices of Andrew Johnson Charles Sumner
A government can punish specific acts of spoliation; but no government can conscript cooperation. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president. Chuck Hagel
We believe that the son shall not bear the iniquities of the father, even if the charges of the father can be proved true.] Edward R. Murrow
The state of things and the dispositions of men were then such, that a man could not well tell whom he might trust or whom he might fear. Thomas More
When people believe they need each other, they cooperate. William Julius Wilson
Today our country is being psychologically divided by the confusion and the suspicions that are bred in the United States Senate to spread like cancerous tentacles of "know nothing, suspect everything" attitudes. Margaret Chase Smith
In the presence of this blood banner which represents our Führer, I swear to devote all my energies and my strength to the savior of our country, Adolf Hitler. I am willing and ready to give up my life for him, so help me God. Baldur Benedikt von Schirach
He who serves our Führer, Adolf Hitler, serves Germany, and he who serves Germany, serves God. Baldur Benedikt von Schirach
In a highly developed society, the Establishment cannot survive without the obedience and loyalty of millions of people who are given small rewards to keep the system going: the soldiers and police, teachers and ministers, administrators and social workers, technicians and production workers, In a highly developed society, the Establishment cannot survive without the obedience and loyalty of millions of people who are given small rewards to keep the system going: the soldiers and police, teachers and ministers, administrators and social workers, technicians and production workers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, transport and communication workers, garbagemen and firemen. These people -- the employed, the somewhat privileged -- are drawn into alliance with the elite. They become the guards of the system, buffers between the upper and lower classes. If they stop obeying, the system falls. Howard Zinn
... community is already in process of disillusion where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy. Learned Hand
I hope you have not seriously taken amiss my certainly quite cowardly statements…. I wanted to remain free and could not do so without great duplicity. Erwin Schrodinger
In the midst of the exultant joy that is pervading our country … you will be very happy if … in accord with the true will of the Fuhrer you may be allowed to support the decision of his now united people with all your strength. Erwin Schrodinger
Up to a certain point it is good for us to know that there are people in the world who will give us love and unquestioned loyalty to the limit of their ability. I doubt, however, if it is good for us to feel assured of this without the accompanying obligation of having to justify this devotion by our behavior. Eleanor Roosevelt
Monarchies, aristocracies, and religions....there was never a country where the majority of the people were in their secret hearts loyal to any of these institutions. Mark Twain
Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain
Loyalty is a word which has worked vast harm; for it has been made to trick men into being "loyal" to a thousand iniquities Mark Twain
Independence .... is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes. Mark Twain
… loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. Mark Twain
...the citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth's political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor Mark Twain
… my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous. Mark Twain
Every man has his disciples, and it’s always Judas who writes the biography Oscar Wilde
It will be a calamity for ages to come if this principle is to become part of the international law, viz. "that a people can at any time transfer their allegiance from the Sovereign of one State to that of another by universal suffrage (under momentary excitement) Queen Victoria
Loyalty is an asset, independent and scarce, parceled out among different contestants for power. No ruling government or non-ruling group enjoys absolute loyalty -- no contestant can have the whole pie. Yossi Shain
Where is the man who owes nothing to the land in which he lives? Jean Jacques Rousseau
We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn't place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible. Jamie B. Raskin
Whoso taketh in hand to govern a multitude, either by way of liberty or principality, and cannot assure himself of those persons that are enemies to that enterprise, doth frame a state of short perseverance. Walter Raleigh
One united people, regardless of race, language or religion. Sinnathamby Rajaratnam
If I were designing a phony religion, I'd surely include a version of this little gem -- but I'd have a hard time saying it with a straight face:, If anybody ever raises questions of objections about our religion that you cannot answer, that person is almost certainly Satan. In fact, the more reasonable the person is, the more eager to engage you in open-minded and congenial discussion, the more sure you can be that you're talking to Satan in disguise! Turn away! Do not listen! It's a trap!, What is particularly cute about this trick is that it is a perfect "wild card," so lacking in content that any sect or creed or conspiracy can use it effectively. Communist cells can be warned that any criticism they encounter is almost sure to be the work of FBI infiltrators in disguise, and radical feminist discussion groups can squelch any unanswerable criticism by declaring it to be phallocentric propaganda being unwittingly spread by a brainwashed dupe of the evil patriarchy, and so forth. This all-purpose loyalty-enforcer is paranoia in a pill, sure to keep the critics muted if not silent. Daniel Dennett
Tribalism is the most powerful force in the world. Patrick Dixon
I will not swear the oath to Massachusetts as anything sworn in God’s name for worldly purposes is corrupt. Roger Williams
I did not take an oath to support and defend government illegalities, violations of the Constitution or turn a blind eye to massive fraud, waste, and abuse…. My oath to defend the Constitution took precedence … otherwise I would have been complicit. Thomas A. Drake
I swear by Christ---the greatest socialist in history. Hugo Chavez
The idea of making them take the oath is absurd. William Tecumseh Sherman
My distress is that our friends in East Tennessee are being hanged and driven to despair, and even now I fear, are thinking of taking rebel arms for the sake of personal protection. In this we lose the most valuable stake we have in the South Abraham Lincoln
That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity with the Church herself, if she shall have defined anything to be black which appears to our eyes to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black. Ignatius of Loyola
I can testify that Greeks, Latins, Germans, Hungarians, Bohemians and men from all the Christian countries were on the side of the Turks…. Oh, the wickedness of denying Christ like this. Archbishop Leonard
My creed is the American creed. I believe in freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of the press, freedom of criticism, and freedom of movement. I believe in the goal of freedom of opportunity…. I believe in the freedom of choice of one’s representatives in Government, untrammeled by machine guns, secret police, or a police state. I am opposed to arbitrary and unwarranted use of power or authority from whatever source or against any individual or group…. I consider these principles sacred. I regard them as the basic fabric of our American way of life, and I believe in them as living realities, and not as mere words on paper…. I am ready to answer any questions you may have. Harry Dexter White
We would not have a national discussion without the actions of Edward Snowden. Democracy is at work because of Edward Snowden. Bruce Fein
When a state embroils its citizens in an “either you are with us or against us” argument, every dissent is at risk of being equated to treason—or in an Islamic country, blasphemy. Sana Saleem
I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me. I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color, and creed. The House committee wished to pillory me because it didn’t like some few of the many thousands of places I have sung for. Pete Seeger
About 3,000 have taken that oath . I am now endeavoring two regiments, one of white people called the Queen’s Own Loyal Virginia Regiment and the other of Negroes called Lord Dunsmore’s Ethiopian Regiment. Lord Dunsmore; John
On principle I dislike an oath which requires a man to swear he has not done wrong. It rejects the Christian principle of forgiveness on terms of repentance. I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter. Abraham Lincoln
The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witch hunts, beginning to call anybody they don't like a Communist. E. B. White
Security, for me, took a tumble not when I read that there were Communists in Hollywood but when I read your editorial in praise of loyalty testing and thought control. If a man is in health, he doesn't need to take anybody else's temperature to know where he is going…. I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. Nothing lately has unsettled my party and raised my fears so much as your editorial, on Thanksgiving Day, suggesting that employees should be required to state their beliefs in order to hold their jobs. The idea is inconsistent with our constitutional theory and has been stubbornly opposed by watchful men since the early days of the Republic. E. B. White
We wish not a diminution of the prerogative of … Your royal authority and our connection with Great Britain, we shall always carefully and zealously endeavor to support and maintain [it]. Continental Congress
You will be told I am not qualified to be elected: the assertion, my friends, is not true…. It is true that, as a Catholic, I cannot and of course never will take the oath prescribed to members of Parliament. …. The oath at present required by law is: That the sacrifice of the mass, and the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and other saints, as now practiced in the Church of Rome, are impious and idolatrous. If course I will never stain my soul with such an oath…. I would rather be torn limb from limb than take it. Daniel O'Connell
I … do swear, in the presence of My Brethren and by the Cross of St. Peter and of our Blessed Lady that I will Aid and Support Our Holy Religion by Destroying the Hereticks and as far as my power & property will Go not one Shall be excepted … Ribbon Society
We have brought you back the flag; we have brought you back the evacuation of Ireland after 700 years by British troops and the formation of the Irish Army…. We took an oath to the Irish Republic, but, as President de Valera himself said, he understood that oath to bind him to do the best he could for Island. So do we. We have done the best we could for Ireland. Arthur Griffith
I, being an honorable woman, would sooner die than give a declaration of fidelity to King George or the British Empire. Constance Georgine Markievicz
Remember, I have signed no oath. Eamon de Valera
I am an Orngeman first and a politician and Member of Parliament afterwards…. In the South they boasted of a Catholic State…. All I boast is that we are a Protestant Parliament and a Protestant State. James Craig; Viscount
I am not a governor of a Province. There can be no promotion for a King other than that of Heaven itself…. What possible right could I have to ask for an oath of allegiance from another people if I do not remain faithful to that which I had sworn to Holland when I ascended the throne. Louis Napoleon
Before God and his Holy Gospels I swear and promise on becoming a Bishop, fidelity to the Italian State. I swear and promise to respect and make respected by my clergy the King and the Government established according to the constitutional laws of the State. I swear and promise moreover that I shall not participate in any agreement or any counsel that can damage the Italian State and the public order and I shall not allow to my clergy such participation. I shall concern myself with the well-being and interests of the Italian State and endeavour to avert any danger that can possibly menace it. Benito Mussolini
We have a saying in the union: "If a fellow looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, the possibility is that he is a duck." That is the way with a Communist. If the guy does everything that the party does, the prospects are very good that he is a party member or fellow traveler. Walter Reuther
… my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country; not to its institutions or it’s office holders.. Mark Twain
The entire inner alienation from the ideas of National Socialism that characterized the men of the reactionary conspiratorial circle expresses itself above all on the Jewish Question …. They stubbornly take the liberal position of granting to the Jews in principle the same status as to every German.. Gestapo
Do you believe that the German middle class, this flower of the intelligentsia, would refuse to serve us and put their minds at our disposal?... We will do what we like with the German middle class. Adolf Hitler
India’s magnificent loyalty in the Empire’s hour of need [WWI] has stirred the admiration of the world. Indian princes and Indian peasants, Indian troops and Indian treasure—all being placed at Britain’s service with touching devotion. You can do India a small service in return—and gain by it. Use Pure Indian Tea at home; insist on getting Pure Indian Tea on public tearooms and restaurants. Anonymous
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right. Mark Twain
Donald Trump’s test of loyalty of his staff is if they will go out and publicly defend his lies. Andrew Sullivan
Donald Trump’s test of loyalty of his staff is if they will go out and defend his lies. Bill Maher
I serve a nation, not a party or a person. Nor to any branch of government. Ted Yoho
Inside the intelligentsia, the pressure of public opinion is overwhelming. Nationalistic loyalty towards the proletariat, and most vicious theoretical hatred of the bourgeoisie, can and often do co-exist with ordinary snobbishness in everyday life. George Orwell
Donald Trump has not been able to engender a lot of loyalty from his staff. He turns on a dime agaisnt them and they will do the same against him .... Loyalty to Trump is mostly pragmatic -- the people who are loyal are getting something for their loyalty. David Brooks