Treason Quotes


  • The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
    o T. S. Eliot in Murder in the Cathedral (1935)

  • If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
    o E. M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy (1951)

  • All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if the nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.
    o Dame Rebecca West, “The Meaning of Treason” (Revised edition, Penguin Books, 1965), Conclusion, p. 413.


  • America’s state religion, is patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that “treason” is morally worse than murder or rape.
    o William Blum

  • Bad literature is a form of treason.
    o Joseph Brodsky

  • Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell and George the Third …may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.
    o Patrick Henry

  • Corporations cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
    o Edward Coke

  • I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man’s virtues the means of deceiving him.
    o Samuel Johnson

  • In monarchy the crime of treason may admit of being pardoned or lightly punished, but the man who dares rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death.
    o Samuel Adams

  • Ingratitude is treason to mankind.
    o James Thomson

  • New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths.
    o George Bernard Shaw

  • Pity is treason.
    o Maximilien Robespierre

  • This principle is old, but true as fate, Kings may love treason, but the traitor hate.
    o Thomas Dekker

  • Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason?
    For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
    o Sir John Harington

  • Truth is a trust, [whereas] falsehood [is] treason.
    o Abu Bakr

  • Treason is a charge invented by winners as an excuse for hanging the losers.
    o Benjamin Franklin

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