Wilson won re-election in 1916, his campaign running on the slogan, ‘He kept us out of war.’ But he could then betray his anti-war supporters knowing that a rising political coalition – made up, in part, of men looking to redeem a lost war by finding new wars to fight – had his back.
I am not unaware that leaders betray, and sell out, and play false.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.
There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to ‘Americanize’ him.
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn’t betray it I’d be ashamed of myself.
When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.