Quotations From GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON

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  • 51.
    Reviews and magazines are at best ephemeral & superficial reading. Who thinks of the grand article of last year in any given review?
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Sept. 24, 1821, to the publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 8, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981). Requesting Murray not to trouble the poet with reviews of his work, Byron added, "My feelings are like the dead, who know nothing and feel nothing of all or aught that is said or done in their regard."
  • 52.
    I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, October 15, 1814. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 4, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1975).

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  • 53.
    There is, in fact, no law or government at all; and it is wonderful how well things go on without them.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Jan. 2, 1821, to the poet Thomas Moore. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 8, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981). Written from Ravenna during a period of great revolutionary ferment.
  • 54.
    I think the worst woman that ever existed would have made a man of very passable reputation—they are all better than us & their faults such as they are must originate with ourselves.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Sept. 6, 1813, to Annabella Millbanke—later Lady Byron. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3, ed. Leslie Marchand (1974). Annabella Millbanke later became Lady Byron.

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  • 55.
    A bargain is in its very essence a hostile transaction ... do not all men try to abate the price of all they buy? I contend that a bargain even between brethren is a declaration of war.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, July 14, 1821. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 8, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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  • 56.
    A woman who ... gives any advantage to a man may expect a lover—but will sooner or later find a tyrant.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Dec. 1, 1822. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 10, ed. Leslie Marchand (1973-1981). Byron added, "This may not perhaps be the man's fault neither—but is the necessary and natural result of the circumstances of society."

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  • 57.
    The king-times are fast finishing. There will be blood shed like water, and tears like mist; but the peoples will conquer in the end. I shall not live to see it, but I foresee it.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 8, Ravenna Journal, entry for Jan. 13, 1821, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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  • 58.
    The same things change their names at such a rate;
    For instance—passion in a lover's glorious,
    But in a husband is pronounced uxorious.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Don Juan. . . The Poems of Byron. Paul E. More, ed. (1933) Houghton Mifflin.

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  • 59.
    I look upon him to be the worst of models—though the most extraordinary of writers.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, July 14, 1821, to the publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 8, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).
  • 60.
    We have progressively improved into a less spiritual species of tenderness—but the seal is not yet fixed though the wax is preparing for the impression.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Oct. 14, 1813. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3, ed. Leslie Marchand (1974). Of his dealings with Lady Frances Webster.
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