Betrayal Sayings and Quotes

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

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.     

William Blake

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

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

Barbara Kingsolver

All a man can betray is his conscience.     

Joseph Conrad

Trust is not established in the absence of betrayal, but in those whose betrayalis least.     

Wes Fessler

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

Tennessee Williams

All trust involves vulnerability and risk, and nothing would count as trust if there were no possibility of betrayal.     

Robert C. Solomon

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

Terry Goodkind

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

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

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

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

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

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.     


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

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

David Levithan

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


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

You can't betray yourself too often, or you become somebody else.     

Ed Harris

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

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

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

Maya Angelou

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

A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.     

Titus Livius

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

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

Suzanne Collins