„I'd rather betray others, than have others betray me.“

—  Cao Cao, Statement in 190, after falsely killing Lü Boshe. Source: Sun Sheng Zaji, page 5 of Sanguo Zhi.
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„Even in love, people betray themselves. And when you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. I would say a great part of human history is a history of self-betrayal and betrayal of others.“

—  Isaac Bashevis Singer Polish-born Jewish-American author 1902 - 1991
" Isaac Bashevis Singer's Universe http://www.nytimes.com/1978/12/03/archives/isaac-bashevis-singers-universe-errors-and-betrayals.html" by Richard Burgin in The New York Times (3 December 1978)

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„America betrays its friends. It sets them up and betrays them. I’d rather be America’s enemy.“

—  Ahmed Chalabi Iraqi politician 1944 - 2015
Dexter Filkins, " Where Plan A Left Ahmad Chalabi http://select.nytimes.com/gst/tsc.html?URI=http://select.nytimes.com/preview/2006/11/05/magazine/1154652190060.html&OQ=_rQ3D1Q268tpwQ3DQ26emcQ3DtpwQ26pagewantedQ3Dprint&OP=7b29a451Q2Fvqfdv_gQ20KK_vmQ20fuQ5EfqvVQ2FQ2FJvQ7DQ7DvQ2FevTQ7CpQ7CQ5CQ5EQ7BfvQ7DQ7DeGJeVQ7DyQ2FQ2FJQ2F!i_TQ3C", New York Times Magazine, November 5, 2006.

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„Donald Trump betrays. It can start with Trump University, where Trump betrayed schoolteachers and others who dreamed of building a better life for themselves.“

—  David Brooks 1961
"Donald Trump, the Great Betrayer" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/04/opinion/donald-trump-the-great-betrayer.html?rref=opinion The New York Times (4 March 2016)

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„[Men] who would rather go to jail than betray what they believe to be their duty to their fellow workers and the principles which they hold.“

—  Tony Benn British Labour Party politician 1925 - 2014
From an issued statement from Mr. Benn on five dockers imprisoned for contempt of court (21 July 1972).

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„I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.“

—  E.M. Forster, What I Believe and Other Essays
This has sometimes been misquoted as: If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the decency to betray my country.

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„An immoral society betrays humanity because it betrays the basis for humanity, which is memory.“

—  Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016
Context: An immoral society betrays humanity because it betrays the basis for humanity, which is memory. An immoral society deals with memory as some politicians deal with politics. A moral society is committed to memory: I believe in memory. The Greek word alethia means Truth, Things that cannot be forgotten. I believe in those things that cannot be forgotten and because of that so much in my work deals with memory... What do all my books have in common? A commitment to memory. "Building a Moral Society", Chamberlin Lecture at Lewis & Clark College (1995)

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„If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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„The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
Noam Chomsky in interview on BBC's "The Late Show," November 25, 1992, in The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993), p. 465

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