Quotes / Et Tu, Brute?

Fictional

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”

"Just like Cain and Abel,
You pulled a sneak attack
I thought that we were brothers
Then you stabbed me in the back
Betrayed!
Oh boy, I'm so betrayed!"
Max Bialystock, The Producers

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"

For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel.
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!
This was the most unkindest cut of all.
For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,
Quite vanquished him. Then burst his mighty heart,
And, in his mantle muffling up his face,
Even at the base of Pompey’s statue,
Which all the while ran blood, great Caesar fell.
O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!
Then I, and you, and all of us fell down,
Whilst bloody treason flourished over us.
Mark Anthony at Caesar's funeral, Julius Caesar

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)

Karl: What happened to you, Kieren?
Kieran: You happened to me.

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

Zack: Look, Chief, I'm sorry; it's the Regs. What was I supposed to do?
Garibaldi: You could've said no.
Zack: He just would've sent somebody else.
Garibaldi: Yeah, that's right. But it's wouldn't have come from you. I could live with that a lot better.

What the fuck happened to you, man? Shit. Your ass used to be beautiful. *shoots him*
Ordell to Louis, Jackie Brown

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

Avon: Stand still! Have you betrayed us? Have you betrayed me?
Blake: Tarrant doesn't understand...
Avon: Neither do I, Blake!
Blake: I set all this up!
Avon: Yes. (shoots him in the gut)
Blake's 7, "Blake"

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

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

I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.
Michael Corleone, confronting his brother over a betrayal that led to an assassination attempt, The Godfather Part II

"I'll spare you the Shakespeare quote."
Detective Carter on being double-crossed, Person of Interest

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!

It doesn't matter how many times you come here to try to "redeem" me. My answer is the same. Go and tell my dear brother that his pleas are worthless to me. There is no going back after what he did, and I will never, ever forgive him.

...No, I shall not. You will not persuade me. He betrayed me. He betrayed his own brother. How could he do such a thing, and then expect things to ever be the same between us? There is no bond more sacred than family. I thought he knew this. I would sooner see him burn than forgive such an act. That traitor is dead to me.
Lord Tirek, World of Traitors

“Have you no shame, Dusk?” She couldn’t help but call out, directing her ire and revulsion to the stallion.
He blinked, his stoic mask breaking in surprise. “Excuse me?”
“Princess Celestia spoke of your mother and father fondly. She told me how she visited you when you were a foal,” She gestured to her tormented sibling. “Look at her. All of you – look at her, look at yourselves, look at whom you serve! She wishes to plunge Equestria into everlasting night! The land will suffer and the blood of thousands will stain your hooves!”

Real Life

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

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.

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.


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