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Betrayal Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Betrayal

Please enjoy these Betrayal Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
- Erica Jong

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No failure in America, whether of love or money,
is ever simple; it is always a kind of betrayal,
of a mass of shadowy, shared hopes.
- Greil Marcus

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

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

 

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 betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.
- Aldrich Ames

Most of us regard good luck as our right,
and bad luck as a betrayal of that right.
- William Feather

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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

Betrayal...
is my favorite subject.
- Norman Jewison

Love is whatever you can still betray.
Betrayal can only happen if you love.
- John le Carre

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

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

Within the pages of The Betrayal of America I prove
that these justices were absolutely up to no good,
and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.
- Vincent Bugliosi

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.
- Chastity Bono

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.
- Arthur Miller

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

You see that's what I think is such a terrible,
terrible betrayal, the trust that people have in government.
- Ralph Steadman

I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit.
- Lucien Bouchard

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

Part of the problem is how little we understand about
the ultimate betrayal of the body when it rebels against itself.
You always worry about charlatans.
We found that specialists did not know as much as we thought.
- Charles Bronson

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 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

A national legal organization is giving very serious
thought to using The Betrayal of America as a legal
basis for asking the House Judiciary Committee to institute
impeachment proceedings against these five justices.
- Vincent Bugliosi

And I think within the pages of The Betrayal of America
I think I present an overwhelming case that these five
justices were up to no good,
and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.
- Vincent Bugliosi

Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person
who knows something or has something that you can induce
them secretly to give to you.
That almost always involves a betrayal of trust.
- Aldrich Ames

Let's say a Soviet exchange student back in the '70s
would go back and tell the KGB about people and places
and things that he'd seen and done and been involved with.
This is not really espionage; there's no betrayal of trust.
- Aldrich Ames

Those who have come here to hate should leave now;
for in their hate, they only betray themselves.
- Terry Goodkind

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

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's
country or the electorate.
I prefer to betray the electorate.
- Charles de Gaulle

The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power,
and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
- Noam Chomsky

The public weal requires that men should betray,
and lie, and massacre.
- Michel de Montaigne

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
- William Wordsworth

I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of
a ritualistic Left and lie the way those other comrades did betray my own soul.
- Elia Kazan

I like animals because they are not consciously cruel
and don't betray each other.
- Taylor Caldwell

Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom
and stability may calculate on every loss which can
be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.
- James Madison

Those who say that life is worth living at any cost
have already written an epitaph of infamy,
for there is no cause and no person that they will
not betray to stay alive.
- Sidney Hook

Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.
- Elie Wiesel

He who advises you to be reserved to your friends wishes
to betray you without witnesses.
- Don J. Manuel

I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between
betraying my country and betraying my friend,
I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
- E. M. Forster

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

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

I'd rather betray the world than let the world betray me.
- Cao Cao

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray,
what charm can soothe her melancholy,
what art can wash her guilt away?
- Oliver Goldsmith

To betray, you must first belong.
- Kim Philby

I am not unaware that leaders betray,
and sell out, and play false.
- Mary Harris Jones

Alas!
how difficult it is not to betray one's guilt by one's looks.
- Ovid

Freedom is fragile and must be protected.
To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure,
is to betray it.
- Germaine Greer

Lovers have a right to betray you...
friends don't.
- Judy Holliday

Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.
- William Penn

If fans are going to turn on me because of this,
they weren't my fans anyway.
I couldn't betray a whole 25 years of record making and not do this.
I had to.
- John Mellencamp

The chief internal enemies of any state are those public
officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people.
- Dalton Trumbo

Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray;
Who can tread sure on the smooth,
slippery way: Pleased with the surface,
we glide swiftly on, And see the dangers that we cannot shun.
- John Dryden

To take refuge with an inferior is to betray one's self.
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Men are strong, women are smart, but no matter how smart,
their bellies are always there to betray women and that's their downfall.
- Simone Schwarz-Bart

If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend,
I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
- E. M. Forster

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

We would betray Mexicans' hopes for change if we felt
satisfied with what we've accomplished so far.
- Vicente Fox

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

You can never betray the people who are dead,
so you go on being a public Jew; the dead can't answer slurs,
but I'm here.
I would love to think that Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,
but he doesn't.
- Anita Brookner

Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself.
He belongs to his character, to his author,
to his public.
He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first,
not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third.
- Sarah Bernhardt

If my career continues along its current arc,
people will probably look at me and see a writer who
is obsessed with the relationship between rich and
poor and with how the rich somehow or other always
manage to betray the poor,
even when they don't mean to.
- Richard Russo

To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance
to exercise fully their influence within the federal
government would be to betray the historical role Quebec
has always played in Confederation,
and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions.
- Kim Campbell

Money and corruption are ruining the land,
crooked politicians betray the working man,
pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep,
and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep.
- Ray Davies

Republics are created by the virtue,
public spirit,
and intelligence of the citizens.
They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils,
because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded,
because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
- Joseph Story

There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect
of the foreigner and his children,
unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we
set out to "Americanize" him.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The scenarios of biological or chemical warfare painted
in detail by the American media during the months after
September 11 only betray the inability of the government
to determine the magnitude of the danger.
- Jurgen Habermas

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because
we don't know how to replenish its source.
It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals.
It dies of illness and wounds;
it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
- Anais Nin

Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not
only to the image of the past,
but to the past itself.
- Theodor Adorno

I decided to devote my life to telling the story because
I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead.
and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
- Elie Wiesel


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