20 Betrayal Quotes Only People Who Have Been Betrayed Will Understand

Betrayal stings, and you wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Even a seemingly small breach of trust can feel like a sucker punch.

The truth is, betrayal changes you. You might wonder how to navigate relationships now, hesitant to open up or connect deeply. Remember, trust is the bedrock of genuine connection, and finding someone you can confide in isn’t like picking up a new gadget. It takes time, the currency of authentic connection.

But here’s the key: You are the victim, not the perpetrator. You trusted someone who once earned it, and there’s no shame in that. Now, it’s time to reclaim your life!

Quotes Only People Who Have Experienced Betrayal Will Understand

Fear Exposed

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

Family Betrayal Hurts Deep

A betrayal in a family is much more devastating than a betrayal among friends, or even lovers.

– Ari Aster

Trust Shattered

You always have a true feeling of how much you trusted someone until you have to move on from a betrayal.

– Terrelle Tettey

Becoming a memory

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

How surprising it can be

It’s funny how sometimes the people you’d take a bullet for, are the ones behind the trigger.

It changes you

I once had a ‘best friend” share private stories that I had told her in confidence to another mutual friend. I think the worst part, aside from the actual betrayal of trust, is that this experience affected my future relationships, as I was hesitant to be as open with my other friends.

– Katie Lee

Betrayal says a lot

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.

– Arthur Miller

Friends to strangers

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

It starts small

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

– Amy Tan

Lost trust cannot be 100% regained

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.

Moving into the next chapter of your life

Moving on from the pain

Betrayal can be extremely painful, but it’s up to you how much that pain damages you permanently.

– Emily V. Gordon

It’s eye-opening

Even loss and betrayal can bring us awakening.

– Buddha

Forgive yourself

Forgive yourself for the blindness that put you in the path of those who betrayed you. Sometimes a good heart doesn’t see the bad.

Finding your real friends

As we get older, we don’t lose friends. We just find out who the real ones are.

Rewarding loyalty and acts of disloyalty

I reward loyalty with loyalty and disloyalty with distance.

Place limits on how far you’ll go

Stop swimming across oceans for people who won’t jump a puddle for you.

Pay attention to actions more than words

An honest enemy is always better than a friend who lies. Pay less attention to what people say and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth.

Watch out for those who gaslight you

Beware the person who stabs you and then tells the world they’re the ones bleeding.

– Jill Blakeway

Actions do speak louder than words

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


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