153+ EXCLUSIVE Betrayal Quotes in Friendship & Relationships

153+ EXCLUSIVE Betrayal Quotes in Friendship & Relationships

Betrayal may come in different forms; someone you trust lies to you, cheats on you, abuses you, or hurts you by putting their own self-interest first. When this happens, we should take time to breathe, think, and recover from it. Insightful betrayal quotes will show you the many faces of betrayal from other people who have gone through the same situations and recover from it.

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Betrayal Quotes

Betrayal is about learning not to idealize external sources. – Linda Talley tweet

When someone betrays you, it is a reflection of their character, not yours. tweet

Cheating is directly linked to lack of intelligence, insecurity, low self-esteem, and an overall sense of unhappiness with one’s own life. tweet

Love and marriage are wonderful arenas in which to place a character. We are most likely to risk our morals and beliefs while in love. Betrayal gives tremendous insights into a character as well. – Anita Shreve tweet

The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. tweet

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. – William Blake tweet

‘It was a mistake,’ you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you. – David Levithan tweet

Betrayal can be extremely painful, but it’s up to you how much that pain damages you permanently. – Emily V. Gordon tweet

Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It’s what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don’t let them take that from you. – Sherrilyn Kenyon tweet

Familial betrayal is, to me, the most heartbreaking kind – because if you can’t trust your family to love you and protect you, who can you really trust? – Alexandra Bracken tweet

For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first. – Suzanne Collins tweet

I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray. – Albert Camus tweet

Life has taught me that you can’t control someone’s loyalty. No matter how good you are to them, doesn’t mean that they will treat you the same. No matter how much they mean to you, doesn’t mean that they’ll value you the same. Sometimes the people you love the most, turn out to be the people you can trust the least. tweet

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal. – Tennessee Williams tweet

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. – Friedrich Nietzsche tweet

People are always fascinated by infidelity because, in the end – whether we’ve had direct experience or not – there’s part of you that knows there’s absolutely no more piercing betrayal. People are undone by it. – Junot Diaz tweet

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. – Arthur Miller tweet

Betrayal is the worst… and the key to moving past it is to identify what led up to it in the first place. – Charles J. Orlando tweet

Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That’s really where failure comes. – Tom Cochrane tweet

Every betrayal contains a perfect moment, a coin stamped heads or tails with salvation on the other side. – Barbara Kingsolver tweet

Nothing hurts more than being disappointed by the single person you thought would never hurt you. tweet

You want to believe that there’s one relationship in life that’s beyond betrayal. A relationship that’s beyond that kind of hurt. And there isn’t. – Caleb Carr tweet

Betrayal can only happen if you love. – John le Carre tweet

To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal. – Malcolm X tweet

Try not to stress over the shady people who betrayed you. I know it hurts but the truth is that they were always shady, they are never going to change, and you are actually much better off now because at least you know who they really are. tweet

Betrayal is one of my biggest fears. Betrayal happens on many different levels all the time, and there is no worse feeling than realizing someone you thought you could trust has gone against you. – Katie Lee tweet

Naturally, when one makes progressive steps, there may be some who see it as a betrayal of their goals and interests. – Louis Farrakhan tweet

Trust is not established in the absence of betrayal, but in those whose betrayal is least. – Wes Fessler tweet

If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once. By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root. – Toba Beta tweet

There’s a lot of stupid men out there who feel like makeup is a betrayal of the truth, and that is so funny to me. – Katya Zamolodchikova tweet

Betrayal does that betrays the betrayer. – Erica Jong tweet

The worst pain in the world goes beyond the physical. Even further beyond any other emotional pain one can feel. It is the betrayal of a friend. – Heather Brewer tweet

I’m not crying because of you; you’re not worth it. I’m crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are. – Steve Maraboli tweet

I know the feeling of confusion and betrayal. I know the feeling of fearing for my life. – Jason Reynolds tweet

All a man can betray is his conscience. – Joseph Conrad tweet

All trust involves vulnerability and risk, and nothing would count as trust if there were no possibility of betrayal. – Robert C. Solomon tweet

You know that you have been stabbed when you feel the deep pain of betrayal. – Les Parrott tweet

Don’t be sorry I trusted you. My mistake, not yours. tweet

Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie. – Terry Goodkind tweet

Beware the person that stabs you and then tells the world they’re bleeding! – Jill Blakeway tweet

Trust can be lost within seconds, takes a lifetime to regain, and is never as strong again afterward. tweet

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. – Isaac Bashevis Singer tweet

Forgive yourself for the blindness that put you in the path of those who betrayed you. Sometimes a good heart doesn’t see the bad. tweet

Some people are willing to betray years of friendship just to get a little bit of the spotlight. – Lauren Conrad tweet

Sometimes the people closest to you betray you, and your home isn’t a place you can be happy anymore. – Kristin Cast tweet

Be cautious of who is holding your quarters because as soon as they get four quarters, they will change them for a dollar. – Alexis A. Davis tweet

An honest enemy is always better than a friend who lies. Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth. tweet

Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself. – Aesop tweet

One should rather die than be betrayed. There is no deceit in death. It delivers precisely what it has promised. Betrayal, though … betrayal is the willful slaughter of hope. – Steven Deitz tweet

It was a mistake, you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you. – David Levithan tweet

Life is not about who’s real to your face, it’s about who’s real behind your back. tweet

Trust can take years to build, but only a second to break. tweet

Those who don’t know the value of loyalty can never appreciate the cost of betrayal. tweet

I may be many things, and there are even more I am not, but I would never do to you what you did to me, and I think that says a lot. – Jessica Katoff tweet

He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life. – Sophocles tweet

Best Betrayal Sayings

  • I had to take false steps and go through hard times to come out to where I am now. I can’t imagine living without acting. It’s not easy, and I don’t disrespect anyone who steps out of it after a certain point. Having a family and a house is cool. It’s not a betrayal. But if you’re going to be an actor, it has to be more than a passing interest. – Marylouise Burke
  • Sometimes, instead of being hurt, you should look at betrayal as a gift. It makes it that much easier to sweep it up and toss it out with the rest of the trash. And why is that you ask? Because trash starts to stink…and when it does, it has no more value in your life. – Donna Schoenrock
  • He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore. – Sigmund Freud
  • The three touchstones that woke Buddha up – sickness, old age, and death – are a pretty good place to start when crafting a tragic tale. And if we need to get more specific: heartbreak, destruction, miscomprehension, natural disasters, betrayal, and the waste of human potential. – Paul Di Filippo
  • One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go. If you’ve been hurt until it breaks your soul into pieces, your perspective in life will definitely change, and no one and nothing in this world could ever hurt you again. – Mareez Reyes
  • Even the people who betray you are part of the plan. Jesus couldn’t get t the cross without Judas.
  • There is no greater blessing than a family hand that lifts you from a fall; but there is not lower curse than a family hand that strikes you when you’re down. – Wes Fessler
  • When you realize you’ve been deeply betrayed, fear really hits you. That’s what you feel first. And then it’s anger and frustration. Then disappointment and disillusionment. – José N. Harris
  • There is always a lesson of a lifetime to learn in every betrayal. – Edmond Mbiaka
  • All our experience with history should teach us, when we look back, how badly human wisdom is betrayed when it relies on itself. – Martin Luther
  • I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit. – Lucien Bouchard
  • Love is understood, in a historical way, as one of the great human vocations – but its counterspell has always been infidelity. This terrible, terrible betrayal that can tear apart not only another person, not only oneself, but whole families. – Junot Diaz
  • Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love. – John le Carre
  • I could become very rich in Guatemala but by the low method of ratifying my title, opening a clinic, and specializing in allergies. To do that would be the most horrible betrayal of the two ‘I’s’ struggling inside me: the socialist and the traveler. – Che Guevara
  • There are three signs of a hypocrite: when he speaks, he speaks lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he betrays his trust. – Muhammad
  • For me, I always wonder what’s worse: an emotional betrayal or a physical betrayal? That’s a really tough call. – Hilarie Burton
  • The fear really hits you. That’s what you feel first. And then it’s the anger and frustration. Part of the problem is how little we understand about the ultimate betrayal of the body when it rebels against itself. – Charles Bronson
  • The male, for all his bravado and exploration, is the loyal one, the one who generally feels love. The female is skilled at betrayal and torture and damnation. – Charles Bukowski
  • It’s particularly hard to take being stabbed in the back close to home. There’s always a feeling of betrayal when people of your own group oppose you. – Catharine MacKinnon
  • Don’t saw off the branch you’re sitting on. – Swedish Proverbs
  • The real betrayal is forgetting yourself.
  • Muhammad is more human, more self-doubting, even self-tortured at times. His story is full of adventure, intrigue, betrayal. – Deepak Chopra
  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. – English Proverbs
  • The knives of betrayal and drama cut deep and hurt… but they also trim away the nonsense and reveal your true friends. – Steve Maraboli
  • Rather than writing about international events, I write about individual lives. There is elation and sadness, death and birth, love and jealousy, co-operation and betrayal. All the great emotional transactions that happen wherever people come together. – Tom Drury
  • There is nothing worse than betraying yourself. – Oprah
  • The Bible is very resonant. It has everything: creation, betrayal, lust, poetry, prophecy, sacrifice. All great things are in the Bible, and all great writers have drawn from it and more than people realize, whether Shakespeare, Herman Melville or Bob Dylan. – Patti Smith
  • Silence is a true friend who never betrays. – Confucius
  • Pleasure which must be enjoyed at the expense of another’s pain, can never be such as a worthy mind can fully delight in. – Samuel Johnson
  • It’s hard to tell who has your back, from who has it long enough just to stab you in it. – Nicole Richie
  • He, who had done more than any human being to draw her out of the caves of her secret, folded life, now threw her down into deeper recesses of fear and doubt. The fall was greater than she had ever known, because she had ventured so far into emotion and had abandoned herself to it. – Anaïs Nin
  • You can’t betray yourself too often, or you become somebody else. – Ed Harris
  • When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you. – Paula Stokes
  • There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Anyone who hasn’t experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all. – Jean Genet
  • Backstabbers specialize in saying the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person. – Les Parrott
  • Just because they say they’re praying for you in your face, doesn’t mean they aren’t laughing at your struggle behind your back. – Trent Shelton
  • False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us when we cross into the shade. – Christian Nevell Bovee
  • Grow a thick skin – a very thick skin. And watch your back. For every back, there is a knife. – Lily Chatterjee
  • Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned. – Eminem
  • To betray, you must first belong. – Kim Philby

Top Quotes on Betrayal

  • A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself. – Titus Livius
  • To love without criticism is to be betrayed. – Djuna Barnes
  • He who advises you to be reserved to your friends wishes to betray you without witnesses. – Don J. Manuel
  • The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood. – Maya Angelou
  • Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee. – William Penn
  • When someone breaks your trust don’t feel stupid for trusting them. You didn’t do anything wrong they’re just an untrustworthy person. – Sonya Parker
  • In life you can easily trust someone, but once the trust is broken, it’s very difficult to trust anyone again. – Sushan Sharma
  • It’s a shame that the very people who you protect are the first ones to turn their backs on you. – Autumn Kohler
  • There are only really a few stories to tell in the end, and betrayal and the failure of love is one of those good stories to tell. – Sean Lennon
  • Tales of power and ambition and intrigue and betrayal and desire – when you’re telling those in a big way, you automatically want to go to Shakespeare. – Beau Willimon
  • Betrayal is my favorite subject. – Norman Jewison
  • When I was 15, I made a solo record. It made Artie very unhappy. He looked upon it as something of a betrayal. – Paul Simon
  • You see that’s what I think is such a terrible, terrible betrayal, the trust that people have in government. – Ralph Steadman
  • When marketers influence habits, they influence peoples’ self-identity. And so, when a group or company does something that doesn’t correspond to our core values, it feels like a betrayal. – Charles Duhigg
  • Poor people and working people have not been the focus of the Obama administration. That for me is not just a disappointment but a kind of betrayal. – Cornel West
  • For too long, musicians have been the greatest enemy of music. Their lack of desire to proselytize is a kind of betrayal. – Charles Hazlewood
  • When you’re out of sight for as long as I was, there’s a funny feeling of betrayal that comes over people when they see you again. – Esther Williams
  • The issue of the Betrayal was so central to that, I felt the need to comment upon it. My choices were to ignore the games and put them ‘outside’ of continuity or to integrate them. I chose the latter. – Raymond E. Feist
  • I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end, I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself; it can’t just build off the first one or play variations. – Joss Whedon
  • Slavery was the betrayal of the American Promise at the moment that promise was made. – Steve Erickson
  • Deep down, my mom had long suspected I was gay. Much of her anger and hurt came from her sense of betrayal that she was the last to be told. – Chaz Bono
  • I knew they would kill me when they found out but, he struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you. – Marissa Meyer
  • Stab the body and it heals but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime. – Mineko Iwasaki
  • I could never hurt him enough to make his betrayal stop hurting. And it hurts, in every part of my body. – Veronica Roth
  • You are going to break your promise. I understand. And I hold my hands over the ears of my heart, so that I will not hate you. – Catherynne M. Valente
  • A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman’s heart. – Shannon L. Alder
  • Do you believe a man can truly love a woman and constantly betray her? Never mind physically but betray her in his mind, in the very poetry of his soul. Well, it’s not easy but men do it all the time. – Mario Puzo
  • Betrayal is common for men with no conscience. – Toba Beta
  • Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving, you-that would be the real betrayal. – George Orwell
  • We met less than a week ago and, in that time, I’ve done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance…all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I’m able. – Marissa Meyer
  • I’m not really sure why. But do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don’t think so. That’s what makes the betrayal hurt so much – pain, frustration, anger… and I still loved her. I still do. – Brandon Sanderson
  • When no one you know tells the truth, you learn to see under the surface. – Cassandra Clare
  • Betrayal is never easy to handle and there is no right way to accept it. – Christine Feehan
  • It’s effortless to let go of self-absorbed people. It’s challenging to let go of someone you care about and it’s exceedingly difficult to let go of an ideal and a belief in someone because what exacerbates the disappointment of finding out they weren’t who they presented themselves to be, is the betrayal of it. – Donna Lynn Hope
  • Even as your body betrays you, your mind denies it. – Sara Gruen
  • Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, I deserved to get fucked over. – Derekica Snake
  • Pride had kept her running when love had betrayed her. – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • I was torn between holding o to what you promised and accepting the reality of you not being able to deliver. – R.H Sin
  • You can’t fix yourself while holding on to the person who broke you. – R.H Sin
  • Three things cannot be long hidden; the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Confucius
  • The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo. – Aldrich Ames
  • If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind. – Shannon L. Alder

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