A semicircle commitment meter, with green low, yellow medium, and red high levels. Arrow points all the way to the top of high.

The root of “commitment” is about joining with others, engaging, giving your trust, sending with a purpose. To be committed is to be dedicated to a purpose, cause, or action. Commitment usually takes faithfulness, dedication, and persistence. To fail in one’s commitment is to be false, a traitor, unfaithful. While you can make commitments to yourself, a commitment is usually a part of a relationship, and is what makes relationships stronger.

Here are some quotes from the well known and lesser known about the nature and value of commitment:

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Only do what your heart tells you.

— Princess Diana

You are not required to finish your work, yet neither are you permitted to desist from it.

— Rabbi Tarfon

It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.

— Ralph Ellison

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is, — ‘Let there be truth between us two forever more.’

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We receive who we are before we choose who we will become… We are born into relationship before we shape relationships by our conscious intention. We inherit covenant before we create covenant… Covenant making must begin with the question, “What have we been given? What is the covenant we are already in?”

— Rebecca Parker

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.

— Rollo May

You have to pay the price. You will find that everything in life exacts a price, and you will have to decide whether the price is worth the prize.

— Sam Nunn

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.

— Sammy Davis Jr.

If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger — we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to re-commit, to be whole-hearted once again.

— Sharon Salzberg

Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment.

— Sinclair B. Ferguson

The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating — in work, in play, in love.

— Starbucks Coffee, part of a quote from The Way I See It #76, Starbucks Coffee

Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

— Stephen Covey

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

— Stephen Covey

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

— Talmud

We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.

— Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

— Vince Lombardi

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

— Vince Lombardi

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game.

— Winston Churchill
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