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[ Also see Constancy Devotion Dogs Faith Friendship Honesty Honor Infidelity Loyalty Principles Sincerity Treachery Truth ]

No man can mortgage his injustice as a pawn for his fidelity.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

Where is honor,
  Innate and precept-strengthen'd, 'tis the rock
    Of faith connubial: where it is not--where
      Light thoughts are lurking, or the vanities
        Of worldly pleasure rankle in the heart,
          Or sensual throbs convulse it.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Years have not seen, Time shall not see
  The hour that tears my soul from thee.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Be but faithful, that is all;
  Go right on, and close behind thee
    There shall follow still and find thee Help, sure help.
      - Arthur Hugh Clough

Yes!--still I love thee: Time, who sets
  His signet on my brow,
    And dims my sunken eye, forgets,
      The heart he could not bow;--
        Where love, that cannot perish, grows
          For one, Alas! that little knows
            How love may sometimes last;
              Like sunshine wasting in the skies
                When clouds are overcast.
      - Rufus Dawes

I never will desert Mr. Micawber.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. XII)

Trust reposed in noble natures obliges them the more.
      - John Dryden

But faithfulness can feed on suffering,
  And knows no disappointment.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the fulfillment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fidelity is the sister of justice.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Pure as the snow the summer sun--
  Never at noon hath look 'd upon--
    Deep, as is the diamond wave,
      Hidden in the desert cave--Changeless, as the greenest leaves
        Of the wreath the cypress weaves--
          Hopeless, often, when most fond--
            Without hope or fear beyond
              Its own pale fidelity--
                And this woman's love can be.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

It is more difficult for a man to be faithful to his mistress when he is favored than when he is ill treated by her.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Thou givest life and love for Greece and Right:
  I will stand by thee lest thou shouldst be weak,
    Not weak of soul.--I will but hold in sight
      Thy marvelous beauty.--Here is
        She you seek!
      - William James Linton, Iphigenia at Aulis

Within her heart was his image,
  Cloth'd in the beauty of love and youth, as last she beheld him,
    Only more beautiful made by his death-like silence and absence.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For me--I have. no lingering wish to rove;
  For though I worship all things fair and free,
    Of outward grace, of soul nobility
      Happier than thou, I find them all in one,
        And I would worship at thy shrine alone.
      - Anne Charlotte Lynch (Anne C.L. Botta)

He who is faithful over a few things is a lord of cities. It does not matter whether you preach in Westminster Abbey or teach a ragged class, so you be faithful. The faithfulness is all.
      - George MacDonald

Oh! it irradiates all our days with lofty beauty, and it makes them all hallowed and divine, when we feel that not the apparent greatness, not the prominence nor noise with which it is done, nor the external consequences which flow from it, but the motive from which it flowed, determines the worth of our deed in God's eyes. Faithfulness is faithfulness, on whatsoever scale it be set forth.
      - Alexander Maclaren

The root of all steadfastness is in consecration to God.
      - Alexander Maclaren

Full many a miserable year hath past--
  She knows him as one dead, or worse than dead,
    And many a change her varied life hath known,
      But her heart none.
      - Charles Robert Maturin

They said her cheek of youth was beautiful
  Till withering sorrow blanch'd the Bright rose there;
    But grief did lay his icy finger on it,
      And chill'd it to a cold and joyless statue.
        Methought she caroll'd blithely in her youth,
          As the couched nestling trills his vesper lay;
            But song and smile, beauty and melody,
              And youth and happiness are gone from her,
                Perchance--even as she is--he would not scorn her, If he could know her--for, for him she's change'd,
                  She is much alter'd--but her heart-her heart!
      - Charles Robert Maturin

Confirm'd then I resolve,
  Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe:
    So dear I love him, that with him all deaths
      I could endure, without him live no life.
      - John Milton

Faithful found among the faithless.
      - John Milton

Flesh of flesh,
  Bone of my bone, thou art, and from thy state
    Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe.
      - John Milton

So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found,
  Among the faithless faithful only he.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 896)

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