Betrayal by a friend is the worst.

It will leave you wondering how you could have misjudged the situation so badly and been so naive; feeling insecure of your ability to recognize the duplicitous nature of mankind and whether or not you can trust your own instincts again.

But the answers to these introspective searchings is not found inside yourself. For it is without. The answer to the “Why did this happen” is found only in the soul of the other. Never within. The only one who knows the answer to the question is that person. All else is folly.

Many others, far greater thinkers than I, agree in kind:

Friendship’s enemy is betrayal.  ― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity.

One should rather die than be betrayed. There is no deceit in death. It delivers precisely what it has promised. Betrayal, though … betrayal is the willful slaughter of hope. – Steven Deitz
All trust involves vulnerability and risk, and nothing would count as trust if there were no possibility of betrayal. ~ Robert C. Solomon
We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal. – Tennessee Williams
Betrayal does that — betrays the betrayer. ~ Erica Jong
Each betrayal begins with trust. ~ Phish
Be careful of who you pick as a friend, most people pretend to listen, but are only gathering information to judge you with. – anon
Once you’ve betrayed my trust, I’ll remain cordial, but in reality you kissed that friendship goodbye. – anon
Trust may once a betrayal forgive, but never is it forgotten. – daniel w. jacobs
Who you really are is not important, I only blame myself for thinking you were different from all the other assholes I’ve met.- daniel w. jacobs
When you said, “I’ve got your back,” I didn’t realize that you meant you were standing behind me, dagger in hand.- daniel w. jacobs
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. ~William Blake
The essence of trust is fragility. What took years to build can vanish in an instant. – daniel w. jacobs
If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.Eleanor Roosevelt
What to know who your friends are? Lend them $100 and see if they repay you?  – daniel w. jacobs
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lying to yourself is the ultimate betrayal- a vain attempt to remember the lie and forget the truth. – daniel w. jacobs
What is betrayal than a chance to see who you’ve been dealing with all along? – daniel w. jacobs
All people lie once in a while, the betrayer does little else. – daniel w. jacobs
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