150 Betrayal Quotes, Sayings about Love, Friendship and Family

Feeling sad being betrayed? Looking for some deep quotes on betrayal? We’ve rounded some of the best betrayal quotes, sayings, proverbs, status messages, and captions (with images & pictures) that you might relate to if you have been cheated on.

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Betrayal means “an act of deliberate disloyalty,”. This breach of faith can be done to a country, to a relationship (love, friendship) or to a group of persons (family).

Nothing can be worse than discovering that the person you had loved and trusted and offered all your loyalty to has backstabbed you.

Being betrayed by your close ones or loved ones can be very heartbreaking. Betrayal comes in the disguise of cheating, disloyalty, lies, and being hurt by someone who never expected it from. When your trust is broken the loss is a very painful experience.

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Betrayal is a feeling of being let down or deceived by someone you trusted. It can be a deep wound that takes time to heal.

Many writers, philosophers, and thinkers have explored the theme of betrayal in their works and have left behind some powerful quotes that capture the essence of this painful experience.

It hurts when you find family or friends manipulating you and trying to take advantage of you. But betrayal in love or a relationship should never stop you from moving forward in life. Learn the lesson from your mistake and be careful before trusting people and moving on in life.

These quotations range from thoughts on the consequences of betrayal to reflections on the human condition and the nature of trust.

Some of these quotes are filled with anger and bitterness, while others offer a more philosophical and reflective perspective on the subject.

Regardless of the tone, these quotes offer a way to understand and process the feelings of betrayal and can help to provide comfort and solace to those who are struggling with this difficult experience.

Also check out our collection of actions speak louder than words and two-faced people for all who have experienced betrayal, lie, and back-stabbing from people in your life.

Famous Betrayal Quotes and Sayings

  1. “It hurts. Because it mattered.” — John Green                                                                                       

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    quotes on betrayed

  2. I trusted you and you betrayed me.” — Unknown                                                                                           

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    betrayal quotes

  3. “Each betrayal begins with trust.” — Martin Luther                                                                                           
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    quotes about betrayal

  4. “Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” – Arthur Miller                                                                                   
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    famous betrayal quotes

  5. “Even loss and betrayal can bring us awakening.” — Buddha
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    quotes about betrayal of trust

  6. “It is better to have an enemy who honestly says they hate you.”

  7. “Betrayal doesn’t only break your heart, but also darkens your soul.” – Unknown                                                                                                                                                     
    Deep Betrayal Quotes
    Deep Betrayal Quotes

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

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

  10. “Sometimes the person you’d take a bullet for is standing behind the trigger.” – Taylor Swift                                                                                                                                                 
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    betrayal quotes pics

  11. “The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.” – Anonymous                                                                                                                                 
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    betray quotes

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

  13. “There is something wrong with your character if opportunity controls your loyalty.”

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

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

  16. “Beware the person who stabs you and tells the world they’re the one who’s bleeding.” – Jill Blakeway

  17. “Betrayal is never easy to handle and there is no right way to accept it.” – Christine Feehan                                                                                                                                                     
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    quotes about betrayal by friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. “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

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

  29. 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

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Best Friendship Betrayal Quotes

Sometimes, even the best of friendships can fall apart due to many reasons. You and your bestie may end up with a bad fight due to lies, cheating, or betrayal.

Don’t forget to check out our collection of losing friends quotes and fake friends quotes which will inspire you to be wise in trusting people and making friends.

  1. “Don’t be sorry. I trusted you. My mistake, not yours.”                                                                                 
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    quotes on betrayal of friends

  2. “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”

  3. “Some of the most poisonous people come disguised as friends.”                                                     
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    quotes on betraying friends

  4. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” — William Shakespeare

  5. “Don’t fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you.” — Obameso Sunkanm                                                                                                                                                 
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    friendship betrayal quotes

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

  7. “Betray a friend and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.” — Aesop                                               
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    quotes on friends betrayal

  8. “The lesser the friends, the lesser the chances of betrayal.” — Tupac Shakur
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    quotes of friends betrayal

  9. “We’re not friends, we’re not enemies, we’re just strangers with some memories.” – Frank Ocean                                                                                                                             
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    betrayal quotes friends

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

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

  12. “Better to have an enemy who slaps you in the face than a friend who stabs you in the back.” – Unknown                                                                                                                                       
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    Betrayal quotes in relationship

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

  14. “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.”

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

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

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

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

  19. “I will take his secret to the grave, telling people along the way. Betrayal is no sin if it is whimsical.” – Tom Stoppard

  20. “The worst kind of hurt is betrayal, because it means that someone will willing to hurt you just to make themselves feel better.” – Unknown                                                             
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    Betrayal Quotes For Her

  21. “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

  22. “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

  23. “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

  24. “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.”

  25. “Beware the person who stabs you and then tells the world they’re the world they’re the one who’s bleeding.” – Jill Blakeway

  26. 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

  27. “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

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

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

  30. “Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.”

  31. 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.

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

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Deep Love Betrayal Quotes and Sayings

Being cheated you feel betrayed and start having trust issues in the relationship. The hard truth seems to be unbelievable when someone you love cheats on you.

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There can be nothing terrible if you are heartbroken by someone who has been unfaithful in your relationship.

Don’t forget to read our collection of bad relationship quotes to help you in moving on after your breakup.

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

  2. “Betrayal can only happen if you love.” – John le Carre                                                                     
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    Sad Love Betrayal Quotes

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

  4. “I didn’t fall in love with you, I fell in love with the person you pretended to be.” – Unknown                                                                                                                                                                       
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    Betrayal Quotes Images

  5. “I trusted you, but now your words mean nothing because your actions spoke the truth.” – Unknown                                                                                                             
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    Quotes On Betrayal

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

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

  8. “Betrayal answers betrayal, the mask of love is answered by the disappearance of love.” — Albert Camus

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

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

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

  12. “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

  13. “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.” – Brene Brow

  14. 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

  15. 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

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Sad Quotes on Betrayal from Family

In this fast-moving world, it’s difficult to come across true and honest people. It is very difficult to deal with betrayals when it comes from your family members. You feel shattered and hurt to be cheating by your most trusted people.

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Lying, cheating, and disloyalty are all attributes of a fake person or a friend. Being lied to is something no one likes. It is really hard to trust your partner or friend who lies to you.

If you like to be real then do read authenticity quotes and genuine people quotes the you will relate to.

  1. “Blood makes you related, Loyalty makes you family.” – Chris Diaz                                                             
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    family betrayal quotes

  2. “Blame and betrayal are the emotional enemies of improvement.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. “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

  10. “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.”

  11. “Betrayal can be extremely painful, but it’s up to you how much that pain damages you permanently.” – Emily V. Gordon

  12. “Betrayal leaves us at a fork in the road. We can become stuck in a bad moment forever or we can put it behind us for good. We decide our path.” – Carmen Harra

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

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Short Betrayal Status Messages (Funny)

  1. “Zero tolerance for Betrayal.”                                                                                                               
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    betrayal captions for instagram

  2. “Betrayal betrays the betrayer.”

  3. “Surrounded by snakes and fakes.”                                                                                                     
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    sarcastic betrayal quotes

  4. “The real betrayal is forgetting yourself.”

  5. “Every Betrayal begins with Trust.”

  6. “You’re fluent in lies, excuses and bullshit.”

  7. “I hope karma slaps in your face before I do.”

  8. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”

  9. “Loyalty is from above, betrayal is from below.” – Bob Sorge                                                                         
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    Betrayal Quotes Pictures

  10. “Betrayal is hard especially if you really trust him/her.”

  11. “Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.”

  12. “I’ve suffered betrayal with all five senses. For over a year.”

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

Bible Verses about Betrayal

  1. Job 19:19 – My close friends detest me. Those I loved have turned against me.

  2. Job 19:13-14 – My relatives stay far away, and my friends have turned against me. My family is gone, and my close friends have forgotten me.

  3. Psalm 41:9 – Even my closest friend whom I trusted, the one who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

  4. Proverbs 25:9-10 – Instead, take up the matter with your neighbor, and don’t betray another person’s confidence. Otherwise, anyone who hears will make you ashamed, and your bad reputation will never leave you.

  5. Matthew 26:48-50 – The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

Macbeth Loyalty and Betrayal Quotes


2.1 ‘Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t’
2.1.1 After the Gunpowder Plot, a medal was made to commemorate the discovery. It pictured a Serpent under some flowers
2.1.2 The Abstract noun ‘Innocent’ could show that this innocence slowly disappears
2.2 ‘That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’er leap, for in my way it lies
2.2.1 Shows betrayal because it means Macbeth will have to break the Divine Right of Kings The Divine Right of Kings was heavily believed in at the time The Divine Right of Kings stated that a King or Queen was chosen by God So to break it meant going against God Jacobean audiences would be shocked by this


1.1 ‘The service and the loyalty I owe, In doing it pays itself.’
1.1.1 This could show that Macbeth wants to be loyal with continuous thoughts of treachery This is Dramatic Irony
1.1.2 This could show that Macbeth wants Duncan to think he is still loyal but is thinking about killing him This is further backed up because he says it as soon as he enters
1.1.3 Macbeth believes he does owe Duncan, so before he kills him, he has to get rid of this debt He does this by inviting Duncan to his castle
1.2 ‘He was a gentlemen on whom I built an absolute trust’
1.2.1 This shows Duncan has trusted someone in the past who has betrayed him As soon as Duncan says this, Macbeth enters This foreshadows Macbeth being Duncan’s Hamartia (Downfall) Prolecptic Irony shows Macbeth is going to betray him From Abstract noun ‘trust’
1.2.2 This could tell us that Duncan expects Macbeth to be a better Thane of Cawdor

What is Betrayal?

The word “betrayal” invariably brings on to mind the premonitions of an illicit affair, but betrayal can literally come in many forms and no matter how big or small, it can reap us apart.

Spreading fake rumors, cheating, abandoning, deception, treachery, lying, or someone who hurts you by putting their own self-interest first, are all forms of betraying.

What’s worse, we often seek emotional refuge in someone who has also been an accomplice in playing with our trust. Those devastating moments can only be empathized by an individual who has undergone similar experiences. However, you are always there to help yourself when you are being betrayed. These tips can help you overcome the bitter experience of being backstabbed.

Forgiveness is the Key

It’s hard to accept but trust and betrayal are inevitable parts of our lives. If you are trapped in an excruciatingly painful situation, try to free yourself from the confines of anger and frustration. And this can’t be achieved until you learn to forgive.

Give up on the Negativity

If you have recently faced friendship betrayal, you must refrain from thoughts of self-loathing and retribution.

Most people are led into believing that they have to undergo betrayal in love owing to their misdeeds but this is not true. Do not hold on to anything that can offer you nothing more than pain and perplexity.

Confide in someone from your family. Remind yourself one of the most famous betrayal quotes from “The Bishop’s Candlesticks” where the Bishop says “If people lie to me they are poorer, not I”.

So you are not wretched, unworthy or despicable by any means so set yourself free from such deceptive relationships that make you suffer from lack of self-esteem.

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