Woodrow Wilson said "Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice." "If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness," is a quote from Elbert Hubbard. Jeffrey Gitomer said "You don't earn loyalty in a day. You earn loyalty day by day."
Woodrow Wilson, born Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was the 28th president of the United States. His insistence on self-sacrifice as a basis for loyalty is consistent with the high ideals and caring attitude for which he was renowned while a professor at Princeton University, before his ascendancy to the presidency.
According to Elbert Hubbard's statement, loyalty is more valuable than cleverness. The American philosopher wrote about a couple on the Titanic, saying that he envied their "legacy of love and loyalty," as demonstrated by the wife's decision to stay aboard with her husband.
Jeffrey Gitomer is an American business trainer, author and professional speaker. He founded and serves as the president of TrainOne, Inc., which offers online and classroom training in, among other areas, customer loyalty. His statement emphasizes the importance of continually working at achieving loyalty, noting that it is not earned in one day alone.