"Oftentimes to win ..." Quote of William Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence.

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Banquo, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 3, l. 123-6. The witches are the "instruments of darkness," or agents of evil; "in deepest consequence" means in matters of greatest importance.