Treason Quotes

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Patrick Henry
Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third — ['Treason!' cried the Speaker] — may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.”
Patrick Henry

Alan Moore
“Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!”
Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

Dorothy L. Sayers
“The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way for false statements by intention. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

Abraham Lincoln
“Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung”
Abraham Lincoln

Dorothy L. Sayers
“To make a deliberate falsification for personal gain is the last, worst depth to which either scholar or artist can descend in work or life.

(Letter to Muriel St. Clare Byrne, 8 September 1935)”
Dorothy L. Sayers, The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Vol. 1, 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist

Terry Pratchett
“Raising the flag and singing the anthem are, while somewhat suspicious, not in themselves acts of treason.”
Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

Bauvard
“If you want to change the world, just change yourself. The world needs traitors.”
Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Lisa Shearin
“It's not treason if you win.”
Lisa Shearin, Bewitched & Betrayed

John le Carré
“Treason is very much a matter of habit, Smiley decided.”
John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Terry Goodkind
“To question me once is a simple mistake, Lieutenant. Twice is treason. We execute traitors.”
Terry Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen

Ana Claudia Antunes
“He started to estrange her...
And they became strangers
Who knew each other's heart,
So broken as they drifted apart.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, Pierrot & Columbine

George R.R. Martin
“Some words are wind, ser. Some are treason.”
George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

“Any government that places profit before people is pure evil.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Sharon Kay Penman
“He’d passed the longest night of his life locked in mortal combat with his ghosts, calling up and then disavowing twenty years of memories. He would banish that bitch from his heart if it meant cutting her out with his own dagger. And when at last he allowed himself to grieve, he did so silently and unwillingly, his tears hidden by the darkness, his rage congealing into a core of ice.”
Sharon Kay Penman, Devil's Brood

Toba Beta
“A successful coup ain't a treason.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Amit Abraham
“Treacherous people do not last only memories of their treason last.
So will it last with emotions mixed, of love and hate for treacherous ones.”
Amit Abraham

Mehmet Murat ildan
“While there are millions of hungry people all around the world, while there are thousands of homeless people in every country, while some continents are in a horrible poverty, while there are not enough schools, not enough hospitals in the entire world, building churches, mosques, synagogues or temples or spending money on guns, on war industry are the greatest treasons to humanity!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“It is a human characteristic, which has been richly exploited in every era, that while hope of survival is still alive in a man, while he still believes his troubles will have a favorable outcome, and while he still has the chance to unmask treason or to save someone else by sacrificing himself, he continues to cling to the pitiful remnants of comfort and remains silent and submissive. When he has been taken and destroyed, when he has nothing more to lose, and is, in consequence, ready and eager for heroic action, his belated rage can only spend itself against the stone walls of solitary confinement. Or the breath of the death sentence makes him indifferent to earthly affairs.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“At no time have governments been moralists. They never imprisoned people and executed them for having done something. They imprisoned and executed them to keep them from doing something. They imprisoned all those POW's, of course, not for treason to the motherland, because it was absolutely clear even to a fool that only the Vlasov men could be accused of treason. They imprisoned all of them to keep them from telling their fellow villagers about Europe. What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve for.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II

Jean Genet
“Once again I was the center of an intoxicating whirlwind. The French Gestapo contained the following two fascinating elements: treason and theft. With homosexuality added, it would be sparkling, unassailable! It would possess the three virtues which I set up as theological, capable of composing so hard a body as Lucien’s. What could be said against it? It was outside the world. It betrayed (to betray: signifying the breaking of the laws of love). It indulged in pillage. And lastly, it excluded itself from the world by pederasty. It therefore established itself in an unpuncturable solitude.”
Jean Genet, The Thief's Journal

Pierce Brown
“Treason is a matter of the date, Proctor”
Pierce Brown, Morning Star

Alyson Foster
“Have you ever heard a five-year-old recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Arthur? It's creepy as hell. Their enunciation is perfect, but they have no idea what kind of promise they're making, of what's being called for. No one tells you until later that breaking your words amounts to treason. No one tells you until later that you can't take it back. I was having my own treasonous thoughts as I drove. They were half formed, but went a little like this: asking something like that from a person ought not to be allowed.”
Alyson Foster, God Is an Astronaut

“What I now ask of you is considered treason”
Onni Pernu

“Arnold went into treason as into a business, surveying the ground and estimating the possible profits.”
Van Doren Carl C

William Shakespeare
“Par l'univers ! Je crois que ma femme est honnête et qu'elle ne l'est pas ; je crois que tu es probe et que tu ne l'es pas ; je veux avoir quelque preuve. Son nom, qui était pur comme le visage de Diane, est maintenant terni et noir comme ma face !... S'il y a encore des cordes ou des couteaux, des poisons ou du feu ou des flots suffocants, je n'endurerai pas cela ! Oh ! avoir la certitude !”
William Shakespeare, Othello

Hilary Mantel
“He can see that, in the years ahead, treason will take new and various forms. When the last treason act was made, no one could circulate their words in a printed book or bill, because printed books were not thought of. He feels a moment of jealousy toward the dead, to those who served kings in slower times than these; nowadays the products of some bought or poisoned brain can be disseminated through Europe in a month.”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Edward Gibbon
“… treason against such a prince might easily be considered as patriotism to the state.”
Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1-3: Volumes 1, 2, 3

Terry Pratchett
“If you're not with us, you're against us. Huh. If you're not an apple, you're a banana.”
Terry Pratchett, Thud!

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