Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

British Poet and leading figure in the Romantic Movement

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When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation), sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning - how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse.

Where may the wearied eye repose when gazing on the great; where neither guilty glory glows, nor despicable state? Yes — one — the first — the last — the best — the Cincinnatus of the west, whom envy dared not hate, bequeath'd the name of Washington, to make man blush there was but one!

Who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.

'Tis best to pause, and think, ere you rush on.

To aid thy mind's development, to watch Thy dawn of little joys, to sit and see Almost thy very growth, to view thee catch Knowledge of objects, wonders yet to thee! To hold thee lightly on a gentle knee, and print on thy soft cheek a parents kiss, This, it should seem, was not reserved for me; Yet this was in my nature: as it is, I know not what is there, yet something like to this.

Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.

What a strange thing is the propagation of life! A bubble of seed which may be spilt in a whore's lap, or in the orgasm of a voluptuous dream, might (for aught we know) have formed a Caesar or a Bonaparte -- there is nothing remarkable recorded of their sires, that I know of.

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.

When people say, "I've told you fifty times," they mean to scold, and very often do; when poets say, "I've written fifty rhymes," they make you dread that they'll recite them too; in gangs of fifty, thieves commit their crimes; at fifty love for love is rare, 't is true, but then, no doubt, it equally as true is, a good deal may be bought for fifty Louis.

Where the rage of the vulture, the love of the turtle, now melt into sorrow, now madden to crime!

Who tracks the steps of glory to the grave?

Tis enough - Who listens once will listen twice; Her heart be sure is not of ice, And one refusal no rebuff.

To be perfectly original one should think much and read little, and this is impossible, for one must have read before one has learnt to think.

Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.

We are all the fools of time and terror: days steal on us and steal from us; yet we live, loathing our life, and dreading still to die.

What an antithetical mind! -- tenderness, roughness -- delicacy, coarseness -- sentiment, sensuality -- soaring and groveling, dirt and deity -- all mixed up in that one compound of inspired clay!

What want these outlaws conquerors should have But History's purchased page to call them great?

When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.

Where the virgins are soft as the roses they twine, And all, save the spirit of man, is divine?

Who upon earth could live were all judged justly?

'Tis melancholy, and a fearful sign Of human frailty, folly, also crime, That love and marriage rarely can combine, Although they both are born in the same clime; Marriage from love, like vinegar from wine - A sad, sour, sober beverage - by time Is s.

To be precocious Was in her eyes a thing the most atrocious.

Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.

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British Poet and leading figure in the Romantic Movement