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The Truth Hurts: 101+ Quotes About Lying In A Relationship

The Truth Hurts: 101+ Quotes About Lying In A Relationship

It is an inevitable fact that relationships can get incredibly messy.  

Some people are lucky enough to end up with the love of their lives with just a few dates, but some are pretty unfortunate to end up being in a relationship with a serial liar—or worse, a cheat.

Lies and betrayals may start small, but being at the receiving end of these accumulated wrongdoings can be traumatic.

Many people find themselves looking up quotes about lying in a relationship or simply posting cryptic messages on their socials so they can still express what they feel without being too direct about it.

Some would just say that communication is the key, but when you have already been hurt too much, sometimes looking up sayings online is just the perfect way to cope; because nothing is more comforting than discovering solace in the words of other people who have endured the same fate as you, right?

If you find yourself here, your relationship is most likely in a bad place. 

But fret not; here are some of the best quotes about lies, betrayal, and disappointment in relationships that you might relate to. Enjoy!

Quotes About Lying In A Relationship

Oscar Wilde quote about lying in a relationship

1. “When you don’t have honesty in love then there is no communication. Honesty is the improvisation of the heart; anything less is a well thought out and rehearsed the script.” ― Shannon L. Alder

2. “Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.” ― Oscar Wilde

3. “One is easily fooled by that which one loves.” Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere

4. “The strength of truth lies in love and the strength of love lies in truth.” — Pandurang Shastri Athavale

5. “Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.” — Stephen King

6. “Poisonous relationships can alter our perception. You can spend many years thinking you’re worthless. But you’re not worthless. You’re underappreciated.” — Steve Maraboli

7. “We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love—first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.” Albert Camus

8. “I always find the worst lies are told in relationships – I learned to never lie about your happiness in order to save someone’s feelings from being hurt.” — Kirsten Prout

9. “Over time, any deception destroys intimacy, and without intimacy, couples cannot have true and lasting love.”  — Bonnie Eaker Weil

10. “The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.” — Elena Gorokhova

11. “Be careful… not all are what they seem. Some people pretend to be the beach, but they’re actually quicksand.” ― Steve Maraboli

12. “I can’t deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you.” — Taylor Swift

13. “Lying is a cooperative act. Think about it. A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance. Its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.”— Pamela Meyer

14. “Pigs are dirty, but I will tell you something dirtier: Liars! Untruth always smells like rotten garbage!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

15. “Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love’s tragedies.” ― Oscar Wilde

16. “The ability to lie, paired with unaccountability, has made a near infinite amount of liabilities.” ― Justin K. McFarlane

17. “You can't save a relationship unless both people are equally invested. It takes a joint effort to make it work. One person trying will never be enough.” — Tony Gaskins

18. “Love is never supposed to hurt. Love is supposed to heal, to be your haven from misery, to make living worthwhile.” — Mia Ashe

19. “For a relationship to flourish, it needs an affair. However, the affair needs to be with your own self… your inner self.” — Lebo Grand

Quotes About Lies And Broken Trust In A Relationship

Aesop quote about lies and broken trust in a relationship

20. “Screaming and repeating lies makes them neither true nor more believable.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin

21. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” — Winston Churchill

22. “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” — Bo Bennett

23. “Liars often set their own traps.” ― Aesop

24. “One who is fed on promises eats from an empty bowl.” Marsha Hinds

25. “People don’t lie to contaminate truth. They lie to pollute their hearts.” ― Munia Khan

26. “Sometimes there a hundred lies behind a smile and not a single truth behind a tear.” ― Saahil Prem 

27. “Trust, once lost, could not be easily found. Not in a year, perhaps not even in a lifetime.” ― J.E.B. Spredemann

28. “Cheating and lying aren’t struggles, they’re reasons to break up.” — Patti Callahan Henry

29. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain

30. “Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake.” ― Suzy Kassem

31. “The truth is that perhaps everything has a price, but certainly everyone has to pay more price only for their lies.” — Anuj Somany

32. “And a mistake repeated more than once is a decision.”— Paulo Coelho

33. “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

34. “Lies are like cockroaches, for everyone you discover there are many more that are hidden.” — Gary Hopkins

35. “Trust is like an antique, once it’s broken, it can never be replaced.” – Mouloud Benzadi

36. “For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” — John F. Kennedy

37. “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” — Mark Twain

38. “The more you defend a lie, the angrier you become.” — Mitch Albom

39. “One lie is enough to question all the truth.” — Samaira Ansari

40. “Better to be hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” — Khaled Hosseini

41. “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” — Stephen R. Covey

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Quotes About Lies And Disappointment In Love

A quote about lies and disappointment in love and relationships

42. “Nobody ever gets what they want when it comes to love.” ― Scott Turow

43. “There’s a tipping point with lies, a point where you’ve said something so many times that it feels truer than the truth.” — Holly Black

44. “Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to misrecognize the truth.” ― DaShanne Stokes

45. “Nothing hurts more than being disappointed by the one person who you thought would never hurt you.”― Gugu Mofokeng

46. “I don’t degrade anyone, but a liar and a person, who doesn’t keep his or her words, has not any value in my eyes.” ― Ehsan Sehgal

47. “A lie repeated many times doesn’t change the truth.” ― Frank Sonenberg

48. “The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation.” ― Cheryl Hughes

49. “There are different ways to be confused about how someone’s disappointed you. Some lie about the future because they wanted to forget the past. But some will lie about the past because they think it will give you both a future.” — Laura Dave

50. “I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

51. “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together by lies.” — Dorothy Allison

52. “The hardest thing you can do is look back and see what the person you love has done to you.” — Sammi Giancola

53. “Even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it’s used for selfish or cowardly reasons.” — Jeanne Birdsall

54. “I can take any truth; just don’t lie to me.” — Barbra Streisand

55. “When the truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” — Yevgeny Yevtushenko

56. “Anything is better than lies and deceit.” — Leo Tolstoy

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Quotes About Dishonest Partners

Quote about dishonest partners

57. “Someone who loves you wouldn’t put themselves in a position to lose you.” — Trent Shelton

58. “I can't handle dishonesty; I like integrity in people and for me, that's very important in a man.” — Shamita Shetty

59. “Time will inevitably uncover dishonesty and lies; history has no place for them.” — Norodom Sihanouk

60. “Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” — Criss Jami

61. “It is better to lock up your heart with a merciless padlock than to fall in love with someone who doesn’t know what they mean to you.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson

62. “Hypocrites get offended by the truth.” ― Jess C. Scott

63. “They have stopped deceiving you, not loving you. And it seems to you that they have stopped loving you.” —  Antonio Porchia

64. “When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” ― Khaled Hosseini

65. “When your lover is a liar, you and he have a lot in common, you’re both lying to you!” ― Susan Forward

66. “If you can’t be committed to another person, at least be committed to the concept of character and don’t cheat.” — Jerry Springer

67. “When people don’t tell you the truth what they really are saying is they don’t value you or their relationship with you enough, to be honest.” ― Shannon L. Alder

68. “Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally.” ― Kamand Kojouri

69. “If you feel confused because someone tells you that they love you, but they don’t act like they do, judge them by their actions alone. You will have your answer.” —Adelyn Birch

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Quotes About Betrayal And Being Lied To In A Relationship

John Le Carre quote about betrayal and being lied to

70. “Nobody has ever killed themselves over a broken arm. But every day, thousands of people kill themselves because of a broken heart. Why? Because emotional pain hurts much worse than physical pain.” — Oliver Markus Malloy

71. “Betrayal can only happen if you love.” John Le Carre

72. “It hurts. Because it mattered.” — John Green     

73. “There is tremendous trauma in the betrayal caused by a perpetual liar as they repeatedly commit psychological abuse.” ― Cathy Burnham Martin

74. “What do you do when the one person you want comfort from the most is the one who caused your pain? How can I want so desperately for him to wrap me up in his arms but also want so much for him to leave me alone.” ― Amanda Grace

75. “Betrayal annihilates trust. The more trust there is to begin with, and the more deception is involved, the more damage is done.” ― Sandra Lee Dennis

76. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

77. “I could never hurt him enough to make his betrayal stop hurting. And it hurts, in every part of my body.” ― Veronica Roth

78. “Because even if the lie is beautiful, the truth is what you face in the end.” — Lauren DeStefano

79. “Do you believe a man can truly love a woman and constantly betray her? Never mind physically but betray her in his mind, in the very “poetry of his soul.” Well, it’s not easy but men do it all the time.” ― Mario Puzo

80. “Sometimes the person you’d take a bullet for is standing behind the trigger.” — Taylor Swift     

81. “I am stuffing your mouth with your promises and watching you vomit them out upon my face.” ― Anne Sexton

82. “Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” – Arthur Miller

83. “Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed, and rare.” ― Brené Brown

84. “Betrayal was what I felt, my heart broken not just by a guy I was in love with, but also by, as I once believed, a true friend.” — Danka V.

85. “The worst pain in the world goes beyond the physical. Even further beyond any other emotional pain one can feel. It is the betrayal of a friend.” ― Heather Brewer

86. “That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.” — Amy Tan

87. “I’m proud of my heart. It’s been played, stabbed, cheated, burned and broken, but somehow it still works.” — Alcatraz Dey

88. “Some abuse is not physical. Abuse does not have to be physical. There's emotional abuse, psychological abuse, and spiritual abuse.” — Iyanla Vanzant

89. “The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever.” ― Carroll Bryant

90. “Betrayal is common for men with no conscience.” – Toba Beta

91. “Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated. Betrayal of any one of those is to lose all three.” — Ziad K. Abdelnour

Quotes About Lying And Cheating Boyfriends

Lying cheating boyfriend quote

92. “Never underestimate a man’s ability to make you feel guilty for his mistakes.” — Rihanna

93. “Earthquakes just happen. Tornadoes just happen. Your tongue does not just happen to fall into some other girl's mouth!” — Gemma Halliday

94. “Don’t disrespect me, lie about it, and then come smile in my face and act like nothing’s wrong.” — Scottie Pippen

95. “When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie.” — Criss Jami

96. “If what he said was the truth, it broke her heart. If what he said was a lie, it was broken anyway.” — Christine Feehan

97. “‘It was a mistake,’ you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.” ― David Levithan

98. “A man can smile and smile and be a villain.” —  Aldοus Huxley

99. “I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.” Pietro Aretino

100. “Any affair, by its very nature, is quite dysfunctional.” — Rebekah Brooks

101. “A liar deceives himself more than anyone, for he believes he can remain a person of good character when he cannot.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

102. “Why don’t you just pretend that he dropped dead? You can’t call or write to a dead man. Put a couple of candles in front of his picture and get it over with.” — Isabel Lopez

103. “A man can love you from the bottom of his heart, and still find room at the top for somebody he claimed was nobody.” — Kiki Strack

104. “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” — Abraham Lincoln

105. “I wasn’t sure which was worse – to know you were a liar or to believe your own bullshit.” ― Eileen Cook

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Quotes About Finding Out The Truth In A Relationship

Finding truth in a relationship quote

106. “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” ― Flannery O’Connor

107. “Sometimes pain and hurt are good things because it means you strived for something in your life.” ― Kathryn Vance-Perez

108. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ― Henry David Thoreau

109. “Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.” ― Warren Wiersbe

110. “The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off.” ― Joe Klaas

111. “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

112. “Nothing sets the heart on fire like truth.”  ― Will Metzger

113. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ― Henry David Thoreau

114. “Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie to make someone laugh.” ― Paulo Coelho

115. “The truth is always daunting but always worth knowing”. ― Thomas Winning

116.. “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.” ― Elvis Presley

What’s Your Favorite Quote About Lying In A Relationship?

Some people can be so cruel, and sometimes, all the love and effort that you give them just gets thrown out the window because of their questionable morals.

But remember, it’s not the end of the world; the pain will pass, and karma works wonders so let that person go.

These quotes about lying in a relationship may not be the quickest way for you to heal, but they are undoubtedly helpful no matter what stage of grief you are on: from denial to acceptance.

Which one hits too close to home right now?

Let us know in the comments below!