“Betray a friend and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.” — Aesop. Here are 49 Best Betrayal Quotes.

Betrayal Quotes

1. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” — William Shakespeare

2. “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

3. “Each betrayal begins with trust.” — Martin Luther

4. “Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed, and rare.” – Brene Brow

5. “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

6. “Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” – Arthur Miller

7. “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

8. “The lesser the friends, the lesser the chances of betrayal.” — Tupac Shakur

9. “Let’s call cheating what it is: a complete betrayal of trust.” — Greg Behrendt

10. “Even loss and betrayal can bring us awakening.” — Buddha

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

12. “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

Betrayal Quotes

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

14. “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

15. “Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?” – Jean Renoir

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

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

18. “Betrayal leaves us at a fork in the road. We can become stuck in a bad moment forever or we can put it behind us for good. We decide our path.” – Carmen Harra

19. “Betrayal is about learning not to idealize external sources.” – Linda Talley

20. “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

21. “It’s hard to tell who has your back from who has it long enough just to stab you in it.” — Nicole Richie

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

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

24. “They can betray me, but I choose not be betray my peace of mind.” – Dodinsky

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Betrayal Quotes

25. “I will take his secret to the grave, telling people along the way. Betrayal is no sin if it is whimsical.” – Tom Stoppard

26. “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

27. “When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

28. “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

29. “Beware the person who stabs you and tells the world they’re the one who’s bleeding.” – Jill Blakeway

30. “Two people who were once very close can without blame or grand betrayal become strangers. Perhaps this is the saddest thing in the world.” — Warsan Shire

31. “Betrayal is never easy to handle and there is no right way to accept it.” – Christine Feehan

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

33. “Beware the person who stabs you and then tells the world they’re the world they’re the one who’s bleeding.” – Jill Blakeway

34. “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

35. “That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.” — Amy Tan

36. “An honest enemy is better than a false friend. When in doubt, pay more attention to what people do and less to what they say. Actions not only speak louder than words, they are more difficult to fake.” – Zero Dean

37. “Some people are willing to betray years of friendship just to get a little bit of the spotlight.” — Lauren Conrad

38. “The knives of betrayal and drama cut deep and hurt… but they also trim away the nonsense and reveal your true friends.” – Steve Maraboli

Betrayal Quotes

39. Every betrayal contains a perfect moment, a coin stamped heads or tails with salvation on the other side. – Barbara Kingsolver
“The knives of betrayal and drama cut deep and hurt… but they also trim away the nonsense and reveal your true friends.” – Steve Maraboli

40. “Betrayal can only happen if you love.” – John le Carre

41. “Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated. Betrayal of any one of those is to lose all three.” — Ziad K. Abdelnour

42. “Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.” – John le Carre

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

44. “Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love.” — Albert Camus

45. “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

46. “For me, I always wonder what’s worse: an emotional betrayal or a physical betrayal? That’s a really tough call.” – Hilarie Burton

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

48. 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

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

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Best of Betrayal Quotes

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“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
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“Betrayal can be extremely painful, but it’s up to you how much that pain damages you permanently.” – Emily V. Gordon
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“Sometimes the people closest to you betray you, and your home isn’t a place you can be happy anymore.” – Kristin Cast

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