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A time comes when silence in betrayal. Martin Luther King, cited Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War IV
This was taken as a terrible betrayal by our Allies who had repeatedly assured us from the beginning of Czechoslovakia that they would guarantee our independence. They betrayed us. Eduard Goldstucker, Czech diplomat
Man was by Nature Women’s cully made:
We never are, but by ourselves, betrayed. (Man & Betrayal) William Congreve, 1670-1729, The Old Bachelor, 1693
We have to distrust each other. It’s our only defence against betrayal. Tennessee Williams, Camino Real, 1953
The motives for Judas’s betrayal have long baffled historians. Mysteries of the Bible: The Last Supper s4e4, A&E 1996
When you’ve been betrayed you hit back. Do it. Once Upon a Time in America 1984 ***** starring Robert De Niro & James Woods & Joe Pesci & Elizabeth McGovern & Burt Young & Tuesday Weld & Treat Williams et al, director Sergio Leone, Max to Noodles
Without trust you can’t have betrayal. Witness to the Mob 1998 starring Tom Sizemore & Nicholas Turturro & Debi Mazar & Abe Vigoda & Philip Baker Hall & Frank Vincent & Lenny Venito & Angelo Ruggiero & Michael Imperioli et al, director Thaddeus O'Sullivan
My testimony helped the government convict thirty-seven other people. ibid.
In reality it was just one double-cross after another. One betrayal after another. No there’s no family to protect. ibid.
Betrayal – it’s the one unforgivable sin. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine & Betrayal) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s5e18: Business as Usual, Hagath
If there’s one thing I can’t abide it’s betrayal. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s6e11: Waltz, Gul Dukat
Why would anyone on this ship betray us? We’re all in this together. Star Trek: Voyager s1e11: State of Flux s1e11, Janeway
Now is the time of reckoning for those who betray us. The Borgias: The Borgia Bull s2e1, Rodrigo, Showtime 2012
To betray, you must first belong. Kim Philby, Sunday Times 17th December 1967
All a man can betray is his conscience. Joseph Conrad
I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers. William Shakespeare, II Henry IV V iv 47, King Harry to Sir John
Read them, and know I know your worthiness –
... What see you in those papers, that you lose
So much complexion? – Look ye how they change:
Their cheeks are paper. William Shakespeare, Henry V Ii ii 66 & 69-71
The mercy that was quick in us but late
By your own counsel is suppressed and killed.
You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy,
For your own reasons turn into your bosoms,
As dogs upon their masters ...
And whatsoever cunning fiend it was,
That wrought upon thee so preposterously
Hath got the voice in hell for excellence.
And other devils that suggest by treasons
Do botch and bungle up damnation
With patches, colours, and with forms, being fetched
From glistering semblances of piety; ...
If that same demon that hath gulled thee thus
Should with his long gait walk the whole world,
He might return to vasty Tartar back
And tell the legions, ‘I can never win
A soul so easy as that Englishman’s ...
I will weep for thee’,
For this revolt of thine methinks is like
Another fall of man. William Shakespeare, Henry V II ii 76-80&108-114& 118-122&137-139
Betrayal does that – betrays the betrayer. Erica Jong
Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. Arthur Miller
Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love. John LeCarre
Anyone who hasn’t experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all. Jeab Genet
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guys to betray my country. E M Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951
Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal? Jean Renoir, My Life and My Films, 1974
It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to your heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you. Mark Twain, Following the Equator
And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. Genesis 37:23&24
And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:
And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry. Matthew 17:22&23
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. Matthew 26:14-16&21&25&47&48
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Matthew 27:1-8