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

Thou know'st, great son,
  The end of war's uncertain, but this certain,
    That, if thou conquer Rome, the benefit
      Which thou shalt thereby reap is such a name
        Whose repetition will be dogged with curses,
          Whose chronicle thus writ: 'The man was noble,
            But with his last attempt he wiped it out,
              Destroyed his country; and his name remains
                To th' ensuing age abhorred,' Speak to me son.
                  Thou hast affected the fine strains of honor,
                    To imitate the graces of the gods;
                      To tear with thunder the wide cheeks o' th' air,
                        And yet to change thy sulphur with a bolt
                          That should rive an oak.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Volumnia at V, iii)

Though those that are betrayed
  Do feel the treason sharply, yet the traitor
    Stands in worse case of woe.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Imogen at III, iv)

And then I stole all courtesy from heaven,
  And dressed myself in such humility
    That I did pluck allegiance from men's hearts,
      Loud shouts and salutations from their mouths
        Even in the presence of the crowned king.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (King Henry)

Supposition all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes;
  For treason is but trusted like the fox,
    Who, ne'er so tame, so cherished and locked up,
      Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Worcester at V, ii)

Some guard these traitors to the block of death,
  Treason's true bed and yielder up of breath.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Lancaster at IV, ii)

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep,
  And in his simple show he harbors treason.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Suffolk at III, i)

Know my name is lost,
  By treason's tooth bare-gnawn and canker-bit;
    Yet am I noble as the adversary
      I come to cope.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at V, iii)

Thou art a traitor, and a miscreant;
  Too good to be so, and too bad to live.
      - William Shakespeare, King Richard II

Treason and murder ever kept together,
  As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose,
    Working so grossly in a natural cause
      That admiration did not whoop at them;
        But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in
          Wonder to wait on treason and on murder;
            And whatsoever cunning fiend it was
              That wrought upon thee so preposterously
                Hath got the voice in hell for excellence.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at II, ii)

Thou art a traitor.
  Off with his head! Now by Saint Paul I swear
    I will not dine until I see the same.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at III, iv)

In the clear mind of virtue treason can find no hiding-place.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Love of country is one of the loftiest virtues which the Almighty has planted in the human heart, and so treason against it has been considered among the most damning sins.
      - Emery Alexander Storrs

Any appeasement of tyranny is treason to this republic and to the democratic ideal.
      - William Allen White

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