60 Betrayal Quotes on Lost Trust & Broken Loyalties

If you’ve been let down by the people you love the most, these betrayal quotes will no doubt voice out your anger and frustration!

Betrayal is one of the saddest and most painful experiences we can go through in life. This is primarily because only the people we love and trust the most can betray us.

Enemies can’t betray us because they don’t have our trust and they aren’t loyal to us. So, it’s all the more painful when your family, friends, and partner are the ones who hurt you, especially if it’s intentional.

The pain of betrayal is so intense that we can lose our zest and passion for life. You never expect betrayal to come to you, so when it does, it’s like the world just crumbled under your feet.

Nonetheless, it’s a profound life experience we can get over and rise above. If you need help or inspiration, check out the quotes we’ve compiled below!

And make sure to read these hurt quotes and letting go quotes.

Most Painful Betrayal Quotes

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

2. “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.” – Anonymous

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

4. “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

5. “Betrayal is like death: you never think it will happen to you.” – Marty Rubin

Betrayal Quotes

6. “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

7. “Be careful to whom you trust. Betrayal always comes from the persons you trusted.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

8. “Betrayal is difficult to process. It is difficult to understand, even on the most basic level.” – Jon Bush

9. “Betraying someone once can be a mistake. Betraying someone twice is a choice.” – Garima Soni

10. “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

Quotes About Betrayal

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

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

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

14. “Betrayals rarely come from an enemy.” – Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Quotes About Betrayal

15. “Betraying yourself is a gateway to harming your future self.” – Angel Moreira

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

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

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

19. “Betrayal is, of course, not a failure of trust but a failure of trustworthiness.” – Russell Hardin

Betrayal Quotes for Those in a Relationship

20. “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

21. “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

22. “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

Betrayal Quotes

23. “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

24. “Betrayal is only betrayal when it’s done as an act of carelessness towards our partners.” – Rosana Nassar

Disappointing Betrayal Quotes on Friendship

25. “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

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

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

28. “You should have died! Died rather than betray your friends, as we would have done for you!” – Sirius Black

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

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

Family Betrayal Quotes That’ll Make You Emotional

31. “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

32. “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.” – Anonymous

33. “That’s the thing with betrayal—it’s always the people you love.” – Fatima Bhutto

34. “A betrayal in a family is much more devastating than a betrayal among friends, or even lovers.” – Ari Aster

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

Betrayal Quotes for Him or Her Who Wasted Your Love

36. “Love never betrays. People do.” – Rohit Sharma

37. “All love is betrayal, in that it flatters life. The loveless man is best armed.” – John Updike

38. “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.” – Anonymous

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

40. “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

Betrayal Quotes for Everyone Whose Trust Has Been Broken

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

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

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

44. “First, there was trust. Then, there was betrayal. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot be betrayed by someone you do not trust.” – Sarah Penner

45. “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.” – Anonymous

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

47. “I thought of betrayal and how it came so easily—in a word, a glance, a gesture.” – Juliet Marillier

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

Comforting Quotes to Read for When You Feel Betrayed

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

50. “Betrayal, in all forms, is painful. It can make you go crazy. But we all have choices on how to deal with it. Do we just go away or stay?” – Anne Curtis

51. “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

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

53. “Betrayal hurts, but I consider it a gift because it has taught me about God, life, others, and myself.” – Cora Jakes-Coleman

54. “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

More Betrayal Quotes That’ll Have Your Mind Reeling

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

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

57. “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

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

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

60. “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

What’s the Most Painful Betrayal You’ve Ever Experienced?

There’s nothing more painful than being betrayed by the people we love. After all, in this world filled with strangers, they’re supposed to be the people we can trust the most.

When they break our trust, no matter how many times we forgive them or how much they repent, it just can’t return to how it was. A clever analogy of a broken trust is crumpling a piece of paper.

Even if it’s not torn and even if you can still write on it, the creases will remain. It will never go back to the clean, crisp sheet of paper you originally had.

However, though it’s sad, remember that there’s something to learn from every painful experience—even from betrayal. It helps you get stronger and more resilient to face the many more obstacles that await you in life!

With that, we hope we were able to bring you some sense of comfort through these betrayal quotes we’ve compiled. Remember, you’re not alone; you are strong, and you can get past the pain of betrayal!

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Karen Danao

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