200+ Betrayal Quotes To Differentiate Friends From Foes


Betrayal is the worst and weakest act of humans. It is even worse than killing someone physically. It hurts like the dickens and not only burns like hell but also leaves you in a state of insecurity, loneliness, and shock. It is like that chronic wound that stays with you till the very end making you weaker at every passing moment.

People who betray are worse than the ones who kill because they not only kill the lively and active soul of someone but also the trust, the respect, and the love of that person. Betrayal just does not happen, it is a person’s own choice. It is never a solution neither a reason nor a reaction to any problem. No matter the circumstances, there is no explanation and no justification for the acts of cheating, deceiving, or betraying someone.

The true meanings of betrayal, the suffering, and the pain of betrayal can be felt very strongly from some of these famous quotes.

The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.  

Aldrich Ames 
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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
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They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.                                                         

 Joseph Conrad

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

Nicole Richie
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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
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Breaking someone’s trust is like crumpling up a perfect piece of paper. You can smooth it over but it’s never going to be the same again.                                                            


All a man can betray is his conscience.

Joseph Conrad

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.                                                                            

Arthur Miller

Anyone can betray anyone.               

Victoria Aveyard


“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
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“The worst kind of hurt is betrayal because it means that someone will willing to hurt you just to make themselves feel better.”                                                                            


“The jungle is shut to me, and I must forget your talk and your companionship, but I will be more merciful than ye are. Because I was all but your brother in blood, I promise that when I am a man among men I will not betray ye to men as ye have betrayed me.”                

Rudyard Kipling

“Not everyone who comes into your life in the name of saving you will save you. Some come just to save themselves.”                                                                                               

Akshay Vasu

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


“The moment of betrayal is the worst, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you’ve been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil.”

Margaret Atwood
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“Betrayal is common for men with no conscience.”                                                           

Toba Beta

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

 Suzanne Collins

“I’m not mad, I’m hurt. There’s a difference.”                                                           


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

Christine Feehan

“He who trusts the world, the world betrays him.”                                                                 

 Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS
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Trust, once lost, could not be easily found. Not in a year, perhaps not even in a lifetime

J.E.B. Spredemann

Shattered legs may heal in time, but some betrayals fester and poison the soul        

 George R.R. Martin

Forgive yourself for the blindness that lets others betray you. Sometimes a good heart doesn’t see the bad.                                                                                                                                


Bittersweet? No, just bitter, the taste of your tongue. Words you can’t have back, so they linger                                                                                                      

Coco J. Ginger

If your voice is heard by more people because you have earned some kind of name and fame, your silence on an issue of urgent moral importance is even more of a betrayal. Privilege is an obligation                                                                                       

Ursula K. Le Guin
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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

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

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


 Tennessee Williams

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


Louis Farrakhan

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

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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                                                        



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

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

Maya Angelou

Grow a thick skin – a very thick skin. And watch your back. For every back, there is a knife                                                                                                

Lily Chatterjee
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For me, I always wonder what’s worse: an emotional betrayal or a physical betrayal? That’s a really tough call                                                                                          

Hilarie Burton

Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated. Betrayal of any one of those is to lose all three                                                                                               

Ziad K. Abdelnour

Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?                                                         

Jean Renoir

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

  Jean Genet

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


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

Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee 

William Penn

Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They are only powerful when you got your back turned                                                                      

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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

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

 Barbara Kingsolver

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

Tennessee Williams

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
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Love Betrayal Quotes

Love is the most beautiful and warmest sentiment. It has such a strong power that can make anyone’s life full of colors, joy, and liveliness. We experience love in so many ways, the love of a mother, love of family, love of friends, but the most intimate of all is the love we feel towards our partners, our soulmates, and our better halves.

They are the ones for whom we dedicate our entire attention, trust, respect, and care. These are the ones around whom our lives revolve.

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But when the betrayal comes from them we are left with nothing but insecurity and hate. Experiencing betrayal from your loved one is the worst of all. It leaves an empty hole inside your heart for a lifetime. These quotes depict the true feelings of betrayal in love.

Rather than writing about international events, I write about individual lives. There are 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

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

When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?

Shannon L. Alder

Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime           

Mineko Iwasaki

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
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Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard
Some do it with a bitter look
Some with a flattering word
The coward does it with a kiss
The brave man with a sword                                                                                             

Oscar Wilde

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. 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                                                 

Brené Brown

“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

Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love                                                                                

John le Carre

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
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I didn’t fall in love with you, I fell in love with the person you pretended to be       


Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love.

Albert Camus

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

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

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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Betrayal is so emotionally charged because the act of betrayal violates a couple’s core agreement- the promise to care for each other and keep each other safe                       


That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets             

Amy Tan

Sometimes you don’t need to hear their excuses or what they have to say for themselves because their actions already spoke the truth          


My first language had no word for betrayal or traitor. Or even loyalty—because without the existence of the opposite, the concept had no meaning                                            

Stephenie Meyer

There are betrayals in a war that are childlike compared with our human betrayals during peace. The new lover enters the habits of the other. Things are smashed, revealed in a new light. This is done with nervous or tender sentences, although the heart is an organ of fire

Michael Ondaatje
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Pride had kept her running when love had betrayed her                                                

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you                                                                                               

Paula Stokes

It was never my enemies I had to watch out for. It was the ones screaming I love you.


I could never hurt him enough to make his betrayal stop hurting. And it hurts, in every part of my body                                                                                             

Veronica Roth

All love is betrayal, in that it flatters life. The loveless man is the best armed               

John Updike
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I knew that what I was seeking to discover was a thing I’d always known. That all courage was a form of constancy. That it was always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this, all other betrayals came easily                                                                              

Cormac McCarthy

Betrayal doesn’t only break your heart but also darkens your soul. You’ll never forget the pain like a fog that forever lingers in the depths of your mind                                       


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                                                                    


It’s very easy to get a boy to leave the room. It’s much harder to get him to leave your thoughts                                                                                     

Elizabeth Eulberg

What had seemed like love was a betrayal                                                                   

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Even loss and betrayal can bring us awakening                                               


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

Anais Nin

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 worst feeling is feeling unwanted by the person you want the most


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 
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Let’s call cheating what it is; a complete betrayal of trust                                       


I don’t hate you I am just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be                                                                                           


When no one you know tells the truth, you learn to see under the surface                  

Cassandra Clare

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


It is difficult to cultivate a healthy relationship in a landscape overgrown with blame, lack of trust, and betrayal                                                                              

Saji Ijiyemi
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Never believe a liar’s truth, a cheater’s answers, or a player’s love                       


She is in love with the way he used to be. She is in love with the person he never truly was        

R.H Sin

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

You made me feel that you really like me. And then you just left, just like it was nothing


You want to believe that there’s one relationship in life that’s beyond betrayal. A relationship that’s beyond that kind of love. And there isn’t               

Caleb Carr
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You knew what you were doing and you know it would hurt me but somehow it still didn’t stop you                                                                                      


She would see it as a betrayal. Nothing more. Nothing less.                                   

Samantha Young

Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.                                                        


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 idea 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

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 
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Friendship Betrayal Quotes

Friends are the people whom you trust blindly and those whom you can’t doubt even for a second. They have your backs, they support you cheer you up when no one else does. Their love is priceless. But if your support systems betray you then I guess there is no one else left to trust anymore.

Some quotes on friendship betrayals might help you relate and understand what you should be aware of while making friends.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.                    


Friends are supposed to be there for you when you cry, not the reason you cry        


The lesser the friends, the lesser the chances of betrayal                                             

 Tupac Shakur

The knives of betrayal and drama cut deep and hurt… but they also trim away the nonsense and reveal you’re true friends                                                    

Steve Maraboli 

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

William Blake
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Better to have an enemy who slaps you in the face than a friend who stabs you in the back


Betray a friend and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself                                       


We’re not friends, we’re not enemies, we’re just strangers with some memories 


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

Terry Goodkind

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none                                                                          

William Shakespeare  
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Don’t fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you               


“There is a big difference between being betrayed by an enemy and being betrayed by a friend. The latter hurts more


“You know that you have been stabbed when you feel the deep pain of betrayal

Les Parrott 

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


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
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Some people are willing to betray years of friendship just to get a little bit of the spotlight


Betrayal does that betrays the betrayer                                                                            

Erica Jong

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


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

 David Levithan

What irritated me most in that entire situation was the fact that I wasn’t feeling humiliated, or annoyed, or even fooled. Betrayal was what I felt, my heart broken not just by a guy I was in love with, but also by, as I once believed, a true friend                                               

Danca V
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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

Be careful who you tell your feelings to because some people are waiting for the opportunity to use them against you                                                                                               


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 

Be careful who you trust… the devil was once an angel                                          


Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly                                                     

William Shakespeare
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Some people aren’t loyal to you. They are loyal to their need of you. Once their needs change, so does their loyalty                                                                                       


I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world                                                                     

 Blaise Pascal

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


As we get older, we don’t lose friends. We just find out who the real ones are


No man shall say that I betrayed a brother                                                                     

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I didn’t lose a friend, I just realized I never had one                                               


Why had nobody ever told him? Dumbledore, Hagrid, Mr. Weasley, Cornelius Fudge… why hadn’t anyone ever mentioned the fact that Harry’s parents died because their best friend had betrayed them?                                                                                                                        

 J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Lovers have a right to betray you; friends don’t                                                     

 Judy Holliday

Stop swimming across oceans for people who won’t jump a puddle for you        


Beware the person who stabs you and then tells the world they’re the ones bleeding                                                                                        

Jill Blakeway
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Wanna know what the saddest part was? Calling you my best friend instead of another fake friend                                       


Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down                                                                                         


I have been stabbed in the back by those I needed the most. I’ve been lied to by those I love. And I’ve felt alone when I couldn’t afford to be. But at the end of the day, I had to learn to be my own best friend, because there’s going to be days where no one is going to be there for me but myself                                                                                                                        


False friends like weeds try very hard to appear genuine                                            

Matshona Dhliwayo

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
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It’s funny how sometimes the people you’d take a bullet for are the ones behind the trigger


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

 David Levithan 

It’s hard to trust someone, especially when the ones you trusted the most were the ones that betrayed you                 


Trust is established in the absence of betrayal, but in those whose betrayal is least          

Wes Fessler

I was torn between holding on to what you promised and accepting the reality of you not being able to deliver                                                 

  R.H Sin
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Don’t tell me what they said about me. Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it around you                                                                                                                 


Being betrayed is one of the most valuable lessons life can teach                                    

Shania Twain

“One fake friend can do more damage than 10 enemies.”                                           Unknown

Friendship is delicate as a glass once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks                                   

 Waqar Ahmed

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

 Johann Kaspar Lavater
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Love, friendship, betrayal all three of these sentiments come and go in our lives. The impacts of betrayal and disappointments are no doubt the worst of all but we must try to move on from such people who deceive us as every person every moment of our life either good or bad, teaches us so many things that make us much better and stronger.

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