150 Betrayal Quotes

Betrayal hurts and causes a whole lot of emotional distress. Check out these uplifting betrayal quotes that may help you cope.

A betrayal is an intentional act of disloyalty to a trusted person. A person who causes someone to feel betrayed is referred to as a ‘betrayer’. When someone is dishonest, cheats, lies, steals, or discloses confidential information, they are betraying the person that these actions may hurt.

Why do we get betrayed? There is no telling why people make choices to hurt others. The reasons why someone you trust may betray your trust could be because of their own selfish needs, lack of integrity, jealousy, financial gains, and many more.


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If you have ever experienced betrayal in relationships then you can agree that betrayal can feel heart-wrenching. In a  perfect world, we would be able to avoid getting betrayed or at least get some sort of warning sign. Maybe they wouldn’t hurt as much if we could see the possibility of it happening. But, in reality, betrayal comes from the people we trust the most to not deliberately do hurtful things to us.

So, what is the best way to handle betrayal? Firstly, understand it is okay to feel the way you do. This only means you trusted them deeply. Validate and acknowledge your feelings as it allows you to embrace emotions which is a step toward healing.

Do not entertain any form of GASLIGHTING (a psychological manipulation by the betrayer). Succumbing to the gaslighting tactic by the betrayer causes you to question reality and even blame yourself for their actions. Lean on family and friends and get help from a therapist if needed.

Whether you should remain in the relationship or not depends on the situation and if you can trust them going forward. So, take a break, practice forgiveness, reflect on the relationship, and make the best decision for you.

Here are 150 betrayal quotes that you may find relatable! Feel free to share them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and others. 


Short Betrayal Quotes

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

2. “And what does anyone know about traitors, or why Judas did what he did?”― Jean Rhys

3. “For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”― Suzanne Collins

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

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5. “There is no honour in betraying your friends.”― Madeline Miller

6. “Love never betrays. People do.”― Rohit Sharma

7. “Only those you trust can betray you.”― Terry Goodkind

8. “Each betrayal begins with trust.” –Martin Luther

9. “Being betrayed is one of the most valuable lessons life can teach.” ― Shania Twain

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

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

12.“Be certain that he who has betrayed thee once will betray thee again.” – Johann Caspar Lavater

13. “Betrayals don’t cancel each other out. They just hurt more.”― Carley Fortune

14. “This is why my betrayal was so terrible. Because you believed me incapable of hurting you, and yet I did.”― Chloe Gong

15. “…fool me once, shame on me…fool me twice…I deserved to get fucked over.” ― Derekica Snake

16. “He who trusts the world, the world betrays him.”― Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS

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

18. “Love grows where trust is laid, and love dies where trust in betrayed.” ― Unknown

19. “There’s more power in keeping a secret than in betraying it.”― Alka Joshi

20. “Betrayal and dishonor is usually an inside job. Keep it ‘sucka-free’, loved one!”― T.F. Hodge

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21. “Friendship’s enemy is betrayal.”― Toba Beta

22. “She would see it as betrayal. Nothing more. Nothing less.”― Samantha Young

23. “Her only way home was to betray her friend.”― Scott Westerfeld

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

25. “Shattered legs may heal in time, but some betrayals fester and poison the soul.”― George R.R. Martin

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

27. “A stab from a friend cuts deeper than a stab from a foe.”― Amit Kalantri

28. “What had seemed like love was betrayal.” ― Claudia Gray

29. “That’s the thing with betrayal- it’s always the people you love.”― Fatima Bhutto

30. “While stabbing someones back, you recklessly expose your own.”― Matshona Dhliwayo

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31. “One of the hardest journeys you make is the one you take from the bus you were thrown under.”― Joyce Rachelle

32.  “Only trust theyself, and another shall noet betray thee.” ― William Penn

33. “If you trust yourself, no one will ever betray you.” ― Meir Ezra

34. “There comes a time when silence is a betrayal.” – Martin Luther King Jr

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35. “Watching my back is the perfect opportunity to stick a knife in it.”― Holly Black

36. “The bitter taste of betrayal lingers long after the sweetness of trust has faded away” ― Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

37. “When someone betrays you, it is a reflection of their character, not yours.” – Unknown

38. “if I start to hate her just because she betrayed me, then I will betray my love”― Mohammed Zaki Ansari

39. “Act like you trust people, but don’t.” ― Mayank Chawla

40. “It feels so bitter getting a kiss for a betrayal.”― Toba Bet

41. “Betrayal, though… betrayal is the willful slaughter of hope.” — Peter Randall

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

43. “Betraying yourself is a gateway to harming your future self.”― Angel Moreira

44. “I can’t keep choosing between you and me.”― Shana Jaroli

45. “You got betrayed because love turned you blind.”― Garima Soni

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

47. “By betraying yourself, you approve for others to betray you.”― Meir Ezra

48. “If I didn’t care so much, then being betrayed wouldn’t feel so painful.”― Brandon Sanderson

49. “Betrayals shatters illusions… It breaks your heart, but clears your vision.”― Steve Maraboli

50. “If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault. If they betray you twice, it’s your fault.” —

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51. “Why did I always end up loving the person who hurt me the most? Why was love so cruel?” – J.C. Reed

52. “It’s scary how betrayal can never let you trust a person again. ” ―Garima Soni

53. “Loyalty is from above, betrayal is from below. ” – Unknown

54.“Betraying someone once can be a mistake. Betraying someone twice is a choice.”― Garima Soni

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

56. “Anyone can betray anyone. ” — Victoria Aveyard

57. “Guess that’s thirty-one pieces of silver you’ve got now, huh? Sleep well, Judas.” ― Mark Millar

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

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

60.  “In every betrayal lies a reason, and it comes with a lesson. ” – Unknown

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61. “It’s better to be hanged for loyalty than rewarded for betrayal” ― Vladimir Putin

62. “To love without criticism is to be betrayed. ” —Djuna Barnes

63. “The total act of betrayal is broken trust.” —Notes from Nora

64. “Best friends has 11 letters, but so does Backstabber.” – Wiz Khalifa

65. “We can tolerate our true enemies, but not the back stabbers and betrayers.” —  Unknown

66. “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” — Judas Iscariot

67. “Growth is betrayal.”― John Updike

68. “When we fail, our pride supports us, and when we succeed it betrays us.”― Charles Colton

69. “Friends are friends until they talk behind your back. Then they’re backstabbers.” ―  Unknown

70. “Let’s call cheating what it is: a complete betrayal of trust.” — Greg Behrendt

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71. “Betrayal isn’t ridiculous. It’s the reason empires fall.”― Marisha Pessl

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

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

74. “It’s no wonder that the first response to betrayal is likely to be denial.” — Susan Pive

75. “I have striven never to betray myself”― Jude Morgan


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76. “Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated. Betrayal of any one of those is to lose all three.”― Ziad K. Abdelnour

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

78. “There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery.”― J.R.R. Tolkien

79. “I am grateful to those who have betrayed me… They thought they were just stabbing me in the back, but they were also cutting me free from their poisonous life.” – Steve Maraboli

80.  “I still care about you, but you’ve lost my trust, you’ve lost my respect and you’ve lost me.” – Unknown

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81. “Forgive yourself for the blindness that let others betray you. Sometimes a good heart doesn’t see the bad.” ― Unknown

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

83. “When betrayal is at the root of your pain, something horrible is unleashed.” — Susan Pive

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

85. “Be aware that someone who has betrayed you once will do it again. ” – by Johann Caspar Lavater

86. “Do you know what love is? I’ll tell you: it is whatever you can still betray.”― John le Carré

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

88.  “In the lost boyhood of Judas, Christ was betrayed.” — George William Russell

89. “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

90. “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

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

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

93. “Trust, once lost, could not be easily found. Not in a year, perhaps not even in a lifetime.”― J.E.B. Spredemann

94. “The point was to learn what it was we feared more: being misunderstood or being betrayed.”― Adam Levin

95. “Your penis betrayed you, son. Made you think stupid. It won’t be the last time that happens.”― Justin Halpern

96. “You can say many things about me, but a backstabber is not one of them. I would never betray you the way you betrayed me. ” – Jessica Katoff

97. “A major betrayal can decrease our capacity to trust ourselves. Because it slams us over the head and pierces us at our core, we feel vulnerable and wounded.” — Dennis S. Reina

98. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

99. “They can betray me, but I choose not be betray my peace of mind.” – Dodinsky

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100. “Betrayal is the ultimate act of cowardice. It takes courage to be honest, but it takes no courage to deceive. It is a choice, not a mistake. It’s a conscious decision to put self-interest above loyalty and truth”― Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

101. “It’s funny how the person who says they have your back will be the same person that stabs you in it.” ― Unknown

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

103. “Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right. ” — William Feather

104. “I’m the kind of friend who will help you hide a dead body, but if you betray me, just remember, I know how to hide a body. ” ― Unknown

105. “Never be silent with persons you love and distrust,” Mr. Carpenter had said once. “Silence betrays. ” ― L. M. Montgomery

106. “When someone betrays you, it is a reflection of their character, not yours. ” ― Unknown

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

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

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

110.  “The blade of betrayal, the sharpest of weapons, is wielded not by your enemies, but by your friends.” J.V. Hilliard

111. “Such a disappointment when you defend someone for so long thinking they are different and they turn out to be just like what everyone said.” ― Khayri R.R. Woulfe

112. “Some people will rip out your heart with a steak knife then say, “Oops, sorry, do you need a plaster?”― Wayne Gerard Trotman

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113. “If someone made a lot of money with minimal effort, it probably means they betrayed either themselves or others.”
― Monaristw

114. “If in telling the truth a person has been accused of betraying their country, I would assert that their country has, in fact, betrayed them.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

115. “In the end, it will be the people you trusted the most who betrayed you the most. ” ― Marty Rubin

116.  “There is tremendous trauma in the betrayal caused by a perpetual liar as they repeatedly commit psychological abuse.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin

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

118. “That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets. ” — Amy Tan

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119.  “There is tremendous trauma in the betrayal caused by a perpetual liar as they repeatedly commit psychological abuse.” – Cathy Burnham Martin

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

121. “Betrayal was the ultimate weapon, for it left emotional destruction in its wake. And questions. Thousands of questions.” ― Allison Lane,

122. “Everything in real life leaves room for betrayal. Why shouldn’t love betray too?”― Mukta Singh-Zocchi

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

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

125. “I wish the pain of betrayal was as easy to ignore as the red flags that forewarned of it.”― Steve Maraboli

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

127. “When dealing with love and relationship. Hurting and betraying a great woman can lead you to a painful life of regret.”
― Angel Moreira

128. “Betrayal, it was the most solitary word of all, beyond abandonment, beyond torture, beyond hatred. It was the human act that cut the most deeply, splintering north from south and east from west.”― Sarah C. Patten

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

130. “Betrayals rarely come from an enemy.”― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

131. “How can betrayal be a sin? In these turbulent times believing someone is a bigger crime.”― Six Flying Dragons

132. “It’s bad enough when you are betrayed by an enemy, but it is infinite times more painful when this betrayal is perpetrated by a loved one.” ― Unknown

133. ”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.” – Unknown

134.  “When someone stabs you in the back and then apologizes, accept the apology, but don’t give him the knife back to do it again!” ― Bohdi Sanders

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135. “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.” ― Unknown

136. “Levi’s betrayal is a sinking anchor that still hasn’t found bottom.” ― Angeline Boulley

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

138. “To write is your last resort when you’ve betrayed someone.”― Jean Genet

139. “Betrayal and loyalty are two sides of the same coin—one leads to the other. Without trust or loyalty, there is no betrayal. Without betrayal, there is no value for loyalty.” ― Roopesh Tiwari

140. “Betrayal is a bitter elixir that poisons relationships, corrodes trust, and leaves behind a trail of broken souls. The saddest aspect is that it never comes from your enemies, but from those you trust the most”― Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

141. “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

142. “No betrayal is so big that God’s commitment to us and presence within us is not bigger.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

143. “The wounds of betrayal may heal with time, but the scars serve as a constant reminder of the trust that was lost” ― Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

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144. “Betrayal is a two-head snake that wears the mask of friendship while plotting its deceitful moves in the shadows”
― Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

145. “We can depend on nobody in this world, and sometimes we even betray ourselves”― Dean Cavanagh

146. “He’s an intimate betrayer. That’s what’s so troubling. Judas turned in his own teacher.” — Elaine Pagels

147. “So this was betrayal. It was like being left alone in the desert at dusk without water or warmth. It left your mouth dry and will broken. It sapped your tears and made you hollow.” ― Anna Godbersen

148. “We are not wounded so deeply when betrayed by the things we hope for as when betrayed by things we try our best to despise.In such betrayal comes the dagger in the back.” ― Yukio Mishima

149. “He felt at once betrayed and betrayer, deceived and deceiver. He was a criminal forced into crime, an unwilling whore.”
― Peter Benchley

150. “Betrayal is a silent assassin, tearing apart the fabric of relationships and leaving behind a trail of shattered dreams. In its face, one must find the strength to rise above the hurt, heal the wounds, and rebuild the shattered pieces of trust”― Dr. Lucas D. Shallua


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