10 Great Quotes about Betrayal

#10 "To betray, you must first belong." ~Kim Philby {When I was going through Assassin School, they taught me that the knife was the most intimate killing weapon, because you had to be able to get close to use it. I think Betrayal has Knife beat. RPS will never be the same.}

#9 “Betrayal was a stone beneath the mattress of the bed you shared, something you felt digging into you no matter how you shifted position. What was the point of being able to forgive, when deep down, you both had to admit you'd never forget?” ~Jodi Picoult{This reminds me of the old cliche: "Men forget but never forgive....women forgive but never forget."}

#8 "Betrayal is the only truth that sticks." ~Arthur Miller {I can't decide if this is one of those quotes that just sounds deep, but is actually BS, or not. It's cool either way.}

#7 {This is from the show Angel. Westley is human, and Illyria is an Old One, from a time before people.}

Westley - Does it sting betrayal?
Illyria - Betrayal was a neutral word in my day. As unjudged a word as water or breeze. No. Or perhaps...I am only bothered because I am bothered.

#6 "I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!" ~Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER II {It just occurred me to that ANOTHER great list would be of the Worst Betrayals in history. Next week, maybe.}

#5 "Love is whatever you can still betray." ~John LeCarre {LeCarre is often a bitter old dude, but it does lead to some quotable stuff. And true.}

#4 "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." ~StevenDeitz {"The Willful Slaughter of Hope" is a short story just itching to be written. Maybe I'll be the one to do it.}

#3 {This sequence on the cat-walk in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is great, for it reveals not one but two betrayals happening concomitantly. The betrayal of a an image of your father...even if happened long ago, just now understood. The betrayal of a mentor who hid the truth behind fancy words. Greatest moment of the Holy Trilogy? Perhaps.}

Darth Vader: There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you.
Darth Vader: Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Luke: I'll never join you!
Darth Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Darth Vader: No. I am your father.
Luke: No. No. That's not true. That's impossible!
Darth Vader: Search your feelings, you *know* it to be true!
Luke: [anguished] No! No!

#2 "Et tu, Brute?" ~Julius Caesar, to Brutus, as he was stabbed on the Coliseum floor {Simple. Classic. Utterly memorable. Did you know that Brutus and Cassius occupy the Ninth Circle of Hell along with Judas in Dante's Inferno? Worth remembering.}

#1 The Color of Trust {This is a song from The Lord of Chaos, by Robert Jordan. There are actually five verses, though we only get the first two. I thought it was a great way to end, for the words piercebetrayal in a way that doesn't leave you. Every time I read the chapter I am moved. (Note: an Aes Sedai would be equivalent to a Wizard.)}

Give me your Trust, said the Aes Sedai,
On my shoulders I support the sky.
Trust me to know and to do what is best,
And I will take care of the rest.

But Trust is the color of a dark seed growing.
Trust is the color of a heart’s blood flowing.
Trust is the color of a soul’s last breath.
Trust is the color of death.

Give me your Trust, said the queen on her throne,
For I must bear the burden all alone.
Trust me to lead and to judge and to rule
and no man will think you a fool.

But Trust is the sound of a grave-dog’s bark.
Trust is the sound of Betrayal in the dark.
Trust is the sound of a soul’s last breath.
Trust is the sound of death.

Originally published April 9, 2009

If you just can't get enough of Betrayal, check out Agony, a story I wrote back in 2006.

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