Quotes: Et Tu, Brute?


Wasn’t I a good king?
Maybe too much of a good thing, huh?
Didn’t I spoil you?
Me or the money, what you loyal to?
Huh, I gave you my loyalty
Made you royalty and royalties
Took care of these niggas' lawyer fees
And this is how niggas rewardin' me, damn
Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Why I Love You"

“So what now? Do we shake hands,
And go our separate ways?
Or do I open my mind,
And follow you into the haze?”
Minor Threat, “Betray”

Scandalous, money greed and lust
In this trife life, there ain't nobody you can trust
Plus, there's no justice, it's just us
In fact, watchin' yo back it be a must
And each and everyday around the way gats bust
And jealous so-called friends'll try to set you up
It's called betrayal
Gang Starr - "Betrayal"

St. Peter: (sputters) I...I would never betray you! I would go to prison first.
Jesus: Believe me, Peter, before the cock crows twice in the morning, you will deny me knowing three times.
King of Kings (1961)

Gently: Did our friendship mean anything to you?
McGhee: Can't spend it, George.
Inspector George Gently, "Gently Into the Cathedral"

What does "B.B." stand for anyway? "Backstabbing Bastard"?

What got broken here doesn't go back together again.
Lowell Berman to Mike Wallace, The Insider

Himmler... Of all people, Himmler! The truest of the true... This is the worst betrayal of all! Göring, yeah; he was always corrupt, of course. Speer, yeah: an idealistic, unpredictable artist. All the others, YA YA YA YA YA! But not Himmler. Has he gone crazy?

Soap: Ghost! Roach! Come in, Ghost! Do you copy? DOES ANYONE COPY?!
Price: They're dead, Soap. Shepherd's cleaning house. I'm working my way back to you.
Soap: Shepherd betrayed us...
Price: Have to trust someone to be betrayed. I never did.

Et tu, Gabby Gums?

Remember back when Democrats used to vote with us?
Leo McGarry, The West Wing

He worked under me for a year and a half. I saw him almost every day. Read his reports. Had him to dinner. I even took him to a baseball game in the holosuite once. And I never saw it. It's my job to be a good judge of character, and what did I do? Not only did I not see it, I put him up for a promotion!
Cpt. Benjamin Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("For the Uniform")

Gets ya to fuckin' love him and then stabz ya inna back. Love him so much ya don't believe he did it. Blood all over ya. Big fuckin' knife in ya back. An' ya don't believe he did it. Maybe hez sick. Maybe it wasn't him. Just looked like him. Maybe he made a mistake.
Sally, Preacher

I can't believe it! That double crosser, cockney liar!
Bentley, following Neyla's Face-Heel Turn - Sly 2: Band Of Thieves

And you... a Stormcloak? I had thought better of you.
Jarl Balgruuf the Greater, if you join the Stormcloak side and take Whiterun, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Real Life

Your enemies can kill you, but only your friends can hurt you.

A good friend will always stab you in the front.

In all the ills that befall us, we are more concerned by the intention than the result. A tile that falls off a roof may injure us more seriously, but it will not wound us so deeply as a stone thrown deliberately by a malevolent hand. The blow may miss, but the intention always strikes home.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reveries of the Solitary Walker

To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal.

Stone Gopher: Genius, hm?
Stone Piglet: It wasn't a nice thing to do, Rabbit!
Stone Pooh: You built up all our hopes!
Stone Tigger: You got us all excite-erated!
Stone Gopher: And what'd we get, huh? A bunch of rocks!
Rabbit: I'm sorry! It was just a joke! It was just a joke! A JOOOOOOOOOOKE!!! (awakens from his nightmare) It was just a joke... just a... just a... Oh, my, it was just a bad dream!

I once looked up to you Kim. My God how I despise you now. I hope you still have the decency to understand why.
MI6 agent Nicholas Eliot and former friend of Kim Philby on learning of his defection.
— A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, by Ben Macintyre.

I should have shot him.