Betrayal Quotes in Friendship & Relationship
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200 Betrayal Quotes in Friendship & Relationship

Betrayal is a difficult subject, it can hurt someone so deeply. Sadly, betrayal is something that so many of us will go through in our life at some point in time. Relationships such as marriage, friendships, and family are usually the ones who experience betrayal. Eventually, these relationships fall apart because not everyone is strong enough to deal with being lied to or being backstabbed.

Betrayal is something that comes from the person when he breaks the trust of you. It is one of the most painful things that we ever experience in our life and one that’s difficult to understand.

Betrayal may come in different forms; It may come in a form of cheating, abuse, and being taken advantage of by a person we hold dear to our heart. someone you trust lies to you cheats on you, abuses you, or hurts you by putting their own self-interest first.

A friend’s betrayal can break your heart more than love. You trusted your friend so much and it hurts when you know that you have been betrayed by him/her. It very sad when the friend you love the most is the one who breaks your heart. You had beautiful memories together, sharing the laughter as well as the sadness. But suddenly the friendship has gone after the betrayal. You cannot trust him/her anymore because you are afraid that he/she will hurt you again. Betrayal brings up a lot of emotions for me. To be betrayed by a person you fully trust is probably the most heartbreaking thing anyone can experience.

Betrayal hurts so badly. To express your wounded feelings here we collected betrayal quotes and sayings on friendship and love. It gives a clear insight into betrayal. Readying some sayings about betrayal might help you through this rough period. Instead of allowing the other person’s behaviour to negatively shape your life, learn to grow and evolve from the experience. To help you heal and move forward, We would like to give you these inspirational, wise, and uplifting betrayal quotes, betrayal sayings, and betrayal proverbs to show you the many faces of betrayal and to let you know that other people have gone through the same situations and recover from it, you can too!

Also, check out our collection of fake friends quotes to help you weed through those phoney friends.

200 Exclusive Betrayal Quotes In Friendship & Relationships

Top 10 Betrayal Quotes

“The male, for all his bravado and exploration, is the loyal one, the one who generally feels love. The female is skilled at betrayal and torture and damnation.” – Charles Bukowski

“The Bible is very resonant. It has everything: creation, betrayal, lust, poetry, prophecy, sacrifice. All great things are in the Bible, and all great writers have drawn from it and more than people realize, whether Shakespeare, Herman Melville or Bob Dylan.” – Patti Smith

“I could become very rich in Guatemala but by the low method of ratifying my title, opening a clinic, and specializing in allergies. To do that would be the most horrible betrayal of the two ‘I’s’ struggling inside me: the socialist and the traveller.” – Che Guevara

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

“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

“As pessimistic as I am about the nature of human beings and our capacity for atrocity and malevolence and betrayal and laziness and inertia, and all those things, I think we can transcend all that and set things straight.” – Jordan Peterson

“Muhammad is more human, more self-doubting, even self-tortured at times. His story is full of adventure, intrigue, betrayal.” – Deepak Chopra

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

“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

“Even as your body betrays you, your mind denies it.” – Sara Gruen

Betrayal Quotes With Images

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Under the shadow of the moon on this dark lonely night all that I can see is your shadow being overshadowed by your guilt of betrayal.
Under the shadow of the moon on this dark lonely night all that I can see is your shadow being overshadowed by your guilt of betrayal.
I have been betrayed a lot; by some of the closest people to me. But nothing disappointed me more than when realized how much I actually betrayed myself.
I have been betrayed a lot; by some of the closest people to me. But nothing disappointed me more than when realized how much I actually
betrayed myself.

Friendship Betrayal Quotes

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“An honest enemy is always better than a friend who lies. Payless attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth.”

“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.” – Confucius

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

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” – William Blake

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

“He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life.” – Sophocles

“Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.” – Aesop

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” – Confucius

“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

“Better to have an enemy who slaps you in the face than a friend who stabs you in the back.”

“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, but they are also more difficult to fake.” – Zero Dean

“Her only way home was to betray her friend.”

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

“True love and loyal friends are two of the hardest things to find.”

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

Love Betrayal Quotes

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“We met less than a week ago and in that time I’ve done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance…all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I’m able.” – Marissa Meyer

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

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

“Never believe a liar’s truth, a cheater’s answers, or a player’s love.”

“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.”

“Love comes to those who still hope after disappointment, who still believe after betrayal and who still love after they’ve been hurt.”

“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

“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

“I think if people could step inside a person who has been betrayed by the love of their life and feel the agony it causes, no one who is human would have it in their heart to cause someone that much pain and heartache.”

“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 muc. – pain, frustration, anger… and I still loved her. I still do.” – Brandon Sanderson

“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

“One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy.We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.If you’ve been hurt until it breaks your soul into pieces, your perspective in life will definitely change, and no one and nothing in this world could ever hurt you again.” – Mareez Reyes

“She’s in love with the way he used to be. She’s in love with the person he never truly was.” – R.H Sin

“Pride had kept her running when love had betrayed her.” – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

“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 can only happen if you love.” – John Le Carre

“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

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

“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

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

“If another woman steals your man, there’s no better revenge than letting her keep him. Real men can’t be stolen.”

Family Betrayal Quotes

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“Sometimes blood isn’t thicker than water and family will cross you quicker than strangers.”

“There is no greater blessing than a family hand that lifts you from a fall, but there is not a lower curse than a family hand that strikes you when you’re down.” – Wes Fessler

“I had to take false steps and go through hard times to come out to where I am now. I can’t imagine living without acting. It’s not easy, and I don’t disrespect anyone who steps out of it after a certain point. Having a family and a house is cool. It’s not a betrayal. But if you’re going to be an actor, it has to be more than a passing interest.” – Marylouise Burke

“Familial betrayal is, to me, the most heartbreaking kin. – because if you can’t trust your family to love you and protect you, who can you really trust.” – Alexandra Bracken

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

“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.” – Chaz Bono

Betrayal Quotes in Relationship

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“I regret opening up to some people, they didn’t deserve to know me like that.”

“Relationships take two people. Not one person being faithful, and another acting single.”

“After a breakup, the loyal one stays single and deals with the damages until healed. The other one is already in another relationship.”

“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

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

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

“I’m mature enough to forgive you, but I’m not dumb enough to trust you again.”

“Forgive yourself for the blindness that put you in the path of those who betrayed you. Sometimes a good heart doesn’t see the bad.”

“When someone betrays you, it is the reflection of their character, not yours.”

“People are always fascinated by infidelity because, in the en. whether we’ve had direct experience or no. there’s part of you that knows there’s absolutely no more piercing betrayal. People are undone by it.” – Junot Diaz

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

“The problem is you still don’t think that you did anything to hurt me.”

“The worst feeling in the world is knowing you’ve been used and lied to by someone you trusted.”

“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

“Why would you do that to me after I gave you everything that I had?

“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

“When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you.” – Paula Stokes

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

“You knew what you were doing and you know it would hurt me but somehow that still didn’t stop you.”

“Try not to stress over the shady people who betrayed you. I know it hurts but the truth is that they were always shady, they are never going to change and you are actually much better off now because at least you know who they really are.”

“When marketers influence habits, they influence peoples’ self-identity. And so when a group or company does something that doesn’t correspond to our core values, it feels like a betrayal.” – Charles Duhigg

“Once you have really hurt someone, it will always be in the back their mind even if they still have a smile on their face.”

“If you spend too long holding on to the one who treats you like an option, you’ll miss finding the one who treats you like a priority.”

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

“Sleeping alone is better than sharing your bed with someone who shares their bed with someone else when you’re not around.”

“It’s hard to trust somebody when the one person who you completely opened up to is the person who later completely betrayed you.”

Funny Betrayal Quotes

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“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

“Be cautious of who is holding your quarters because as soon as they get four quarters they will change them for a dollar.”

“Don’t invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth.”

“If you didn’t see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears.”

“Cheat on a Leo and you lose a King and Queen that would have given you the world if you asked for it.”

“Never underestimate the power of my intuition. I can recognize your game before you ever play it.”

“Betrayal is my favorite subject.” – Norman Jewison

“It’s like one day you flipped a switch and became someone I never knew.”

“Sometimes, instead of being hurt, you should look at betrayal as a gift. It makes it that much easier to sweep it up and toss it out with the rest of the trash. And why is that you ask? Because trash starts to stink…and when it does, it has no more value in your life.” – Donna Schoenrock

“Sometimes you gotta play the fool, to fool the fool, who thinks they’re fooling you.”

“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” – English Proverbs

Sad Betrayal Quotes

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“Betrayal does that betrays the betrayer.” – Erica Jong

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

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

“The real betrayal is forgetting yourself.”

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

“Don’t play the victim to the circumstances you created.”

“Breaking someone’s trust is like crumpling a perfect piece of paper.”

“Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, I deserved to get fucked over.” – Derekica Snake

“What hurts more than losing you is knowing you’re not fighting to keep me.”

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

“There is nothing more painful than the times when your paranoia turns out to be perfectly working intuition.”

“You stabbed me then pretend you were the one who was bleeding.”

Betrayal Quotes for Him

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

Betrayal Quotes for Her

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“The worst mistake a man can make is to betray a woman who actually fought the world for him and stood by him and supported him when he was going through the worst in his life.”

“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.” – Anaïs Nin

“She would see it as a betrayal. Nothing more. Nothing less.” – Samantha Young

“And that was the thing about her. She kept on surviving with bullet holes in her lungs, and knife marks etched in her back. She never let anything get in her way. Resilient, a fighter, not by choice but a warrior by heart.” – K.A

Shakespeare Quote on Betrayal

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“Tales of power and ambition and intrigue and betrayal and desir. When you’re telling those in a big way, you automatically want to go to Shakespeare.” – Beau Willimon

Other insightful Betrayal Quotes

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“The problem is that everywhere the gas drilling industry goes, a trail of water contamination, air pollution, health concerns and betrayal of basic American civic and community values follows.” – Josh Fox

“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

“You can’t build a plot out of jokes. You need tragic relief. And you need to let people know that when a lot of frightened people are running around with edged weaponry, there are deaths. Stupid deaths, usually. I’m not writing ‘The A-Team’ – if there’s a fight going on, people will get hurt. Not letting this happen would be a betrayal.” – Terry Pratchett

“The three touchstones that woke Buddha u. – sickness, old age, and deat. – are a pretty good place to start when crafting a tragic tale. And if we need to get more specific: heartbreak, destruction, miscomprehension, natural disasters, betrayal, and the waste of human potential.” – Paul Di Filippo

“Never apologize for trusting your intuition, your brain can play tricks, your heart can be blind, but your gut is always right.”

“Most people cheat because they’re paying more attention to what they’re missing rather than what they have.”

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

“Sometimes the person you’d take a bullet for ends up being the one behind the gun.”

“I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end, I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself; it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.” – Joss Whedon

“Realizing that the one person who you told everything to, was actually hiding everything from you.”

“Sometimes the person you’d take a bullet for is behind the trigger.”

“Not telling me something or hiding something on purpose is just the same as lying.”

“You see that’s what I think is such a terrible, terrible betrayal, the trust that people have in government.” – Ralph Steadman

“There is always a lesson of a lifetime to learn in every betrayal.” – Edmond Mbiaka

“There is nothing worse than betraying yourself.”

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

“The worst feeling is feeling unwanted by the person you want the most.”

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

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

“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.” – Muhammad

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trusted first.” – Suzanne Collins

“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

“Remember that sociopath wears a mask of sanity. It is easier for them to make you out to be crazy- than it is for you to expose the reality of who they are.”

“Three things cannot be long hidden; the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Confucius

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

“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

“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

“I reward loyalty with loyalty and disloyalty with distance.”

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

“Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.” – Mineko Iwasaki

“I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit.” – Lucien Bouchard

“Abusers are able to fool those outside the home because they usually only abuse those inside the home.”

“When you realize you’ve been deeply betrayed, fear really hits you. That’s what you feel first. And then it’s anger and frustration. Then disappointment and disillusionment.” – José N. Harris

“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

“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

“If you show me you don’t give a, I’ll show you that I’m better at it.”

“Anyone who hasn’t experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.” – Jean Genet

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

“You’re not sorry you did it, you’re sorry I found out.”

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

“You can’t fix yourself while holding on to the person who broke you.” – R.H Sin

“Once you realize you deserve better, letting go will be the best decision ever.”

“Every betrayal contains a perfect moment, a coin stamped heads or tails with salvation on the other side.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“Beware the person that stabs you and then tells the world they’re bleeding.” – Jill Blakeway

“A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman’s heart.” – Shannon L. Alder

“Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you meant what you promised. Silly me.”

“I knew they would kill me when they found out but”, he struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them than live because I betrayed you..” – Marissa Meyer

“If you get that gut feeling that something isn’t right about a person or situation, trust it.”

“There’s only so many times you can allow someone to let you down before you can’t handle the disappointment anymore.”

“If there’s one thing that a Taurus can’t stand, it’s a betrayal.”

“I will remember and recover, not forgive and forget.”

“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” – Shannon L. Alder

“When no one you know tells the truth, you learn to see under the surface.” – Cassandra Clare

“Even the people who betray you are part of the plan. Jesus couldn’t get t the cross without Judas.”

“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

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

“Betrayal is common for men with no conscience.” – Toba Beta

“Have you ever been so disappointed that you don’t believe anyone anymore?

“The biggest mistake I made in life is trusting one person who has betrayed me multiple times. I wish I wasn’t this nice.”

“Slavery was the betrayal of the American Promise at the moment that promise was made.” – Steve Erickson

“Poor people and working people have not been the focus of the Obama administration. That for me is not just a disappointment but a kind of betrayal.” – Cornel West

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

“Trust can be lost within seconds, takes a lifetime to regain, and is never as strong again afterward.”

“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.”

“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

“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

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

“The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.” – Aldrich Ames

“If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once. By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.” – Toba Beta

“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

“For too long, musicians have been the greatest enemy of music. Their lack of desire to proselytize is a kind of betrayal.” – Charles Hazlewood

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

“Touch. It is the touch that is the deadliest enemy of chastity, loyalty, monogamy, gentility with its codes and conventions and restraints. By touch, we are betrayed and betray others … an accidental brushing of shoulders or touching of hands … hands laid on shoulders in a gesture of comfort that lies like a thief, that takes, not gives, that wants, not offers, that awakes, not pacifies. When one flesh is waiting, there is electricity in the merest contact.” – Wallace Stegner

“The hardest part about walking away from someone is the part where you realize that, no matter how slowly you go, they will never run after you.”

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

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

“There comes a time when silence is a betrayal.” – MLK

“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

“I was torn between holding o to what you promised and accepting the reality of you not being able to deliver.” – R.H Sin

“It’s not the future you are afraid of. It’s the fear of the past repeating itself that haunts you.” – T.W.W

“All a man can betray is his conscience.” – Joseph Conrad

“Something I learned about people; if they do it once, they’ll do it again.”

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


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Wow, thanks for hanging in there all the way to the end. Although you may not avoid feeling the sting from betrayal, Time does heal all wounds. We eventually heal and move on.

Hopefully, you’ll share these betrayal quotes with others. Quotes are always a great way to open your mind to look at a subject differently, to heal and to move on. Each of these betrayal quotes was picked to share with you, and I hope you’ll share them with others too.

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