‘Always question where your loyalties lie. The people you trust will expect it, your greatest enemies will desire it, and those you treasure the most, will, without fail, abuse it. Some say loyalty inspires boundless hope. Well that may be, but there is a catch. True loyalty takes years to build, and only seconds to destroy.’
– Revenge Season 1 (TV show)
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Before anyone asks, no I have not been horribly slighted in any way and I am not sitting in my room plotting any evil schemes! However, I do love this quote. I have been holding on to it for a year or so to use on Quoting the Quill but have never been able to find the right moment for it. After all, I tend to choose quotes that reflect what I have felt or experienced during the week and I hope that this one won’t reflect my life anytime soon! Today as I looked down my list of potential quotes as I do every week, I figured it was finally time to let this one shine. 🙂
I must admit I didn’t get on with the TV show Revenge, I think I gave up after the second season because it seemed to be going round in circles and I found all the characters annoying, however, there were some great voice over quotes and on a couple of proactive days I managed to write some down.
I love this quote, I love how the words bounce around in your head as you read them, the structure of the sentences really works and makes the final line all the more dramatic. It’s cynical and dark but there is also a great deal of truth to it.
I find it interesting that it implies loyalty is bad, as if it is a fickle notion for the foolish. I agree with it to some extent, I am a very loyal person although only to a select few because as a general rule I don’t trust people. Not in a super guarded chip-on-the-shoulder way just in a realistic/logical way. People do after all, predominantly care about themselves and their well-being over others, something you get even more scary insight into when you take a psychology degree! (My social psychology lecturer for example, argues that there is no such thing as a selfless act and that everything we do is to benefit ourselves in some way.) But, I also think loyalty can be a truly wonderful thing. I know I have some brilliant people in my life who are loyal to me, and I think the world would be a lonely place without them. I have close friends who I know would come to my rescue (physically or metaphorically) and I would do the same for them. It’s nice in life when someone has your back! As long as they don’t stab it. 😉
I love this quote mostly because it really gets me thinking. What do you think about loyalty, is it a bad or a good thing? Do you consider yourself a loyal person?
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