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  • A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine & becoming viands.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Sept. 25, 1812. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 2, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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  • All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery- ticket up to a passport to Paradise.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3, entry for Nov. 27, 1813, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1974).

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  • Romances I ne'er read like those I have seen.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Don Juan, cto. 14, st. 80.
  • It will be difficult for me not to make sport for the Philistines by pulling down a house or two, since when I once take pen in hand, I must say what comes uppermost, or fling it away.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, June 6, 1822, to publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 9, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1979).

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  • I swims in the Tagus all across at once, and I rides on an ass or a mule, and swears Portuguese, and have got a diarrhoea and bites from the mosquitoes. But what of that? Comfort must not be expected by folks that go a pleasuring.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, July 16, 1809. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 1, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973).
  • Except that household virtue, most uncommon,
    Of constancy to a bad, ugly woman.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. The Vision of Judgment (l. 95-96). . . The Poems of Byron. Paul E. More, ed. (1933) Houghton Mifflin.

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  • The fact is that my wife if she had common sense would have more power over me than any other whatsoever, for my heart always alights upon the nearest perch.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, April 30, 1814. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 4, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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  • Whenever I meet with anything agreeable in this world it surprises me so much—and pleases me so much (when my passions are not interested in one way or the other) that I go on wondering for a week to come.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, June 6, 1819. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 6, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1976).

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  • There is something Pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, December 4, 1811. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 2, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).
  • Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Oct. 12, 1820, to publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 7, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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