50 Most Powerful Betrayal Quotes About Love, Family & Friendship

50 Most Powerful Betrayal Quotes About Love, Family & Friendship

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Betrayal can permanently damage relationships and change your perspective on trust. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to notice someone’s malicious intentions, especially if you trust them. However, you need to know that you are not responsible for someone else’s bad choices. So instead of blaming yourself for being too trustworthy and loyal to a friend, lover, or family member who betrayed you, believe that you deserve better.

As you take your time to heal, betrayal quotes will help you through. They are inspirational, motivational, and therapeutic, perfect for overcoming the different emotions caused by such moments. You can also share these betrayal quotes with anyone you care about facing a similar situation. Here’s a compilation of the most powerful betrayal quotes about love, family, and friendship.

Family Betrayal Quotes

“Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family.”


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


“You burned the bridge, that is why I don’t visit any more.”


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


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

PC CAST, hunted

“How they treat you is how they feel about you.”

Sonya Parker

“It is a shame that the very people you protect are the first ones to turn their backs on you.”

Autumn Kohler

“I never knew how strong I was until I had to forgive someone who wasn’t sorry, and accept an apology I never received.”


“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.”

Arthur Miller

“Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it is the place where we find the deepest heartache.” – Iyanla Vanzant, the WRATH OF REVENGE

“Blood is supposed to be thicker than water.”

Elle Cornell

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

Wes Fessler

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“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

“The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned, pricks more deeply and bleeds more.”

Maya Angelou

“Far from being the basis of good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.”

Edmund Leach

“Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.”

Ibn Taymiyyah

Friendship Betrayal Quotes

“Forgive others, not because they deserve it, but because you deserve peace.”

Jonathan Lockwood

“Lord, defend me from my friends; I can account for my enemies.”

Charles D’Hericault

“You have to pretend I am a bad person so that you do not feel guilty about the things you did.”

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

Tennessee Williams

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

Nicole Richieonymous

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


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

Jill Blakeway

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

Lauren Conrad

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

Steve Maraboli

“Don’t fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you.”


“No matter how badly people treat you, never drop down to their level, just know you’re better and walk away.”


“Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you get your back turned.”


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

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

Alexis A. Davis

“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

“The lesser the friends, the lesser the chances of betrayal.”

Tupac Shakur

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


Love and Relationship Betrayal Quotes

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

David Levithan

“Passions spin the plot: We are betrayed by what is false within.”

George Meredith

“My love for you was bulletproof but you’re the one who shot me.”

Pierce The Veil

“I wish I met some people a little earlier, some a little later and some never at all.”


“My heart is too stubborn to forget the way you made it feel.”


“My biggest fear was to lose you, well, you know what? I’m fearless now.”

“The biggest lie ever I will always be with you.”


“From “I love disturbing you” to “sorry for disturbing you” somewhere the friendship and love died.”


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


“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

“I didn’t fall in love with you, I fell in love with the person you pretended to be.”


“I trusted you, but now your words mean nothing because your actions spoke the truth.”


“I loved you at your darkest though you crucified me at mine.”


“Love grows where trust is laid, and love dies where trust is betrayed.”

Lennon Hodson

“What had seemed like love was betrayal.”

Claudia Gray

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

Betrayal can be so painful to a point where you’ll feel like it’s impossible to heal from everything. But that’s not true; no pain is impossible to heal from. If you’re in pursuit of healing after betrayal, check out these moving on quotes to help you let go and move forward.

4 thoughts on “50 Most Powerful Betrayal Quotes About Love, Family & Friendship

  1. These helped very much, thank you. When you see what you don’t want, recognize that it isn’t you, and that it isn’t to be repeated. “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster…” Good quotes always feed the spirit.

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