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Quotations From GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON

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  • 11.
    It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, March 8, 1816, to the poet Thomas Moore. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 5, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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  • 12.
    It has been said that the immortality of the soul is a "grand peut-être"Mbut still it is a grand one. Everybody clings to it—the stupidest, and dullest, and wickedest of human bipeds is still persuaded that he is immortal.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Ravenna Journal, vol. 8, entry for Jan. 25, 1821, Byron's Letters and Journals, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973- 1981).
  • 13.
    As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, June 10, 1822, to author Isaac D'Israeli. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 9, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1979).

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  • 14.
    My attachment has neither the blindness of the beginning, nor the microscopic accuracy of the close of such liaisons.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Jan. 10, 1820. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 7, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).
  • 15.
    Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens ... to stumble upon it.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Ravenna Journal, vol. 8, entry for Jan. 11, 1821, Byron's Letters and Journals, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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  • 16.
    Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon—the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, February 2, 1821, to the publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 8, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).
  • 17.
    My great comfort is, that the temporary celebrity I have wrung from the world has been in the very teeth of all opinions and prejudices. I have flattered no ruling powers; I have never concealed a single thought that tempted me.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, April 9, 1814, to the poet Thomas Moore. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 4, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1975).

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  • 18.
    What an antithetical mind!—tenderness, roughness—delicacy, coarseness—sentiment, sensuality—soaring and grovelling, dirt and deity—all mixed up in that one compound of inspired clay!
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3, entry for Dec. 13, 1813, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1974). Said of Robert Burns.
  • 19.
    Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life—and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Dec. 18, 1813. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1974).

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  • 20.
    Opinions are made to be changed—or how is truth to be got at?
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, May 9, 1817, to publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 5, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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