Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning.
To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal.
It betrays hubris on the part of the artist to think his medium is limiting him, and I think we all recognize this
The chief internal enemies of any state are not spies nor saboteurs nor the paid agents of foreign governments. They are, on the contrary, those myriads of public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people.
Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
If my career continues along its current arc, people will probably look at me and see a writer who is obsessed with the relationship between rich and poor and with how the rich somehow or other always manage to betray the poor, even when they don't mean to.
Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.
When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.
You can't betray yourself too often, or you become somebody else.
Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.
There are only really a few stories to tell in the end, and betrayal and the failure of love is one of those good stories to tell.
He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself.
I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of a ritualistic Left and lie the way those other comrades did betray my own soul.
Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.
We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.
You can never betray the people who are dead.
You can never betray the people who are dead, so you go on being a public Jew; the dead can't answer slurs, but I'm here. I would love to think that Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, but he doesn't.
Alas! how difficult it is not to betray one's guilt by one's looks.
To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions.
To take refuge with an inferior is to betray one's self.
Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
The risk of a terrorist victory is greater when in fighting terror, democracy betrays its own essence.
In the case of my book, I don't think it's really the coming-out gay novel that everyone really needed, even though it was received as such. The boy is too creepy, he betrays his teacher, the only adult man with whom he's enjoyed a sexual experience, etc.
Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth; it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being.
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