Family Betrayal Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old family betrayal quotes, family betrayal sayings, and family betrayal proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.     

Arthur Miller

For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.

Suzanne Collins

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

Though those that are betray'd Do feel the treason sharply, yet the traitor Stands in worse case of woe.

William Shakespeare

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.

Tennessee Williams

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

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

The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood.

Maya Angelou

It's a shame that the very people who you protect are the first ones to turn there backs on you.

Autumn Kohler

t'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

Trust thy self, and another shall not betray thee.     

Benjamin Franklin

Passions spin the plot: We are betrayed by what is false within.

George Meredith

Lord, defend me from my friends; I can account for my enemies.

Charles D'Hericault

Be certain that he who has betrayed thee once will betray thee again.

Johann Caspar Lavater

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

Barbara Kingsolver

Anyone who hasn't experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.     

Jean Genet

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against Betrayal

Tennessee Williams

It's hard to tell who has your back from who has it long enough just to stab you in it .     

Nicole Richie

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

In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.

Chinese Proverb

Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.     

Marshall McLuhan

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.     

Oscar Wilde

Betrayal can only happen if you love.

John Le Carre

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

David Levithan

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

etrayal is never easy to handle and there is no right way to accept it.     

Christine Feehan

The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies... It comes from Friends n loved ones.     

Ash Sweeney

My love for you was bulletproof but you're the one who shot me.     

Pierce The Veil

There must be love, and understanding, to betray. Most men haven't the wit or the honor for betrayal: not to know it when they see it; not the stomach to apprehend it as they do it. Most men, blind and dumb in their self-centeredness, don't betray: they merely disappoint.     

Janet Morris