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TREASON
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[ Also see Betrayal Conspiracy Crime Deceit Government Hypocrisy Loyalty Lying Mistrust Patriotism Rebellion Royalty Treachery Trust Tyranny War ]

Is there not some chosen curse,
  Some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven,
    Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man
      Who owes his greatness to his country's ruin?
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act I, sc. 1)

Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence.
      - Edmund Burke

I know that there are angry spirits
  And turbulent mutterers of stifled treason,
    Who lurk in narrow places, and walk out
      Muffled to whisper curses to the night;
        Disbanded soldiers, discontented ruffians,
          And desperate libertines who brawl in taverns.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Treason pleases, but not the traitor.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

No wise man ever thought that a traitor should be trusted.
  [Lat., Nemo unquam sapiens proditori credendum putavit.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Orationes In Verrem (II, 1, 15)

This principle is old, but true as fate,
  Kings may love treason, but the traitor hate.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker), The Honest Whore
         (pt. I, act IV, sc. 4)

Treason is not own'd when 'tis descried;
  Successful crimes alone are justified.
      - John Dryden, Medals (l. 207)

O that a soldier so glorious, ever victorious in fight,
  Passed from a daylight of honor into the terrible night;
    Fell as the mighty archangel, ere the earth glowed in space, fell--
      Fell from the patriot's heaven down to the loyalist's hell!
      - Thomas Dunn English, Arnold at Stillwater

With evil omens from the harbour sails
  The ill-fated ship that worthless Arnold bears;
    God of the southern winds, call up thy gales,
      And whistle in rude fury round his ears.
      - Philip Morin Freneau, Arnold's Departure

Rebellion must be managed with many swords; treason to his prince's person may be with one knife.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        The Holy and Profane States--The Traitor

Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
  Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
      - Sir John Harington (Harrington),
        Of Treason--Epigrams (bk. IV, ep. V)

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

Tarquin and Caesar had each his Brutus--Charles the First, his Cromwell--and George the Third--("Treason!" shouted the Speaker) may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.
      - Patrick Henry, Speech

The man who pauses on the paths of treason,
  Halts on a quicksand, the first step engulfs him.
      - Aaron Hill, Henry V (act I, sc. 1)

For while the treason I detest,
  The traitor still I love.
      - John Hoole,
        Metastatio--Romulus and Hersilia
         (act I, sc. 5)

Treason is like diamonds; there is nothing to be made by the small trader.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Treason must be made odious.
      - Andrew Johnson

Treason, which begins by being cautious, ends by betraying itself.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

The traitor to Humanity is the traitor most accursed;
  Man is more than Constitutions; better rot beneath the sod,
    Than be true to Church and State while we are doubly false to God.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        On the Capture of Certain Fugitive Slaves near Washington

It is the just decree of Heaven that a traitor never sees his danger till his ruin is at hand.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

He [Caesar] loved the treason, but hated the traitor.
      - Plutarch, Life of Romulus

So Judas kiss'd his Master,
  And cried--All hail! when as he meant--all harm.
      - William Shakespeare

Tellest thou me of "ifs"? Thou art a traitor:
  Off with his head!
      - William Shakespeare

The man was noble, but with his last attempt he wiped it out, destroyed his country; and his name remains to the ensuing age abhorred.
      - William Shakespeare

Treason is but trusted like the fox;
  Who, ne'er so tame, so cherished, and lock'd up,
    Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
      - William Shakespeare


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