Quotation by Shakespeare

If I be false, or swerve a hair from truth,
When time is old and hath forgot itself,
When waterdrops have worn the stones of Troy,
And blind oblivion swallowed cities up,
And mighty states characterless are grated
To dusty nothing, yet let memory
From false to false among false maids in love
Upbraid my falsehood.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 184-91.

An oath she notoriously breaks when she is in the Greek camp; "characterless are grated" = reduced to ruins without written records.
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