Quotation by Shakespeare

Lay not that flattering unction to your soul,
That not your trespass but my madness speaks;
It will but skin and film the ulcerous place,
Whilst rank corruption, mining all within,
Infects unseen.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 4, l. 147-9.

To Gertrude, who thinks he is mad; "flattering unction" means soothing ointment of flattery.
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