Quotations From GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON

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  • 41.
    The way to be immortal (I mean not to die at all) is to have me for your heir. I recommend you to put me in your will and you will see that (as long as I live at least) you will never even catch cold.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, March 23, 1821. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 8, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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  • 42.
    But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Oct. 28, 1815, to the poet Thomas Moore. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 4, ed. Leslie Marchand (1975).

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  • 43.
    There is no freedom in Europe—that's certain—it is besides a worn out portion of the globe.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, October 3, 1819. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 6, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1976).

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  • 44.
    It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe—you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Detached Thoughts, no. 96 (1821-1822), Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 9, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1979).

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  • 45.
    In general I do not draw well with literary men—not that I dislike them but I never know what to say to them after I have praised their last publication.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. published in Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 9, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1979). Detached Thoughts, no. 53 (1821-1822).
  • 46.
    What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Aug. 31, 1820, to poet Thomas Moore. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 7, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

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  • 47.
    To withdraw myself from myself ... has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
    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). "The end of all scribblement is to amuse," Byron had written in another letter, Oct. 3, 1810.
  • 48.
    The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Byron's Letters and Journals, entry for Nov. 28, 1813, vol. 3, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1974).

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  • 49.
    I should like to know who has been carried off, except poor dear me—I have been more ravished myself than anybody since the Trojan war.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Oct. 29, 1819, answering accusations of debauchery. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 6, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1976).

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  • 50.
    I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Dec. 5, 1814, to Annabella Milbanke, whom he married a month later. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 4, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1975). Annabella left Byron after a year.

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