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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824) known simply as Lord Byron, was an English peer who was a poet and politician. He was one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement and is regarded as one of the greatest English poets. He remains widely read and influential. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; many of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also became popular.

He travelled extensively across Europe, especially in Italy, where he lived for seven years in the cities of Venice, Ravenna, and Pisa. During his stay in Italy he frequently visited his friend and fellow poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Later in life Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire and died of disease leading a campaign during that war, for which Greeks revere him as a folk hero. He died in 1824 at the age of 36 from a fever contracted after the First and Second Siege of Missolonghi.

His only marital child, Ada Lovelace, is regarded as a foundational figure in the field of computer programming based on her notes for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. Byron's extramarital children include Allegra Byron, who died in childhood, and possibly Elizabeth Medora Leigh, daughter of his half-sister Augusta Leigh.

I live not in myself, but I becom Portion of that around me: and to me High mountains are a feelin, but the hum of human cities torture.

--Lord Byron

Shakespeare's name, you may depend on it, stands absurdly too high and will go down.

--Lord Byron

Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.

--Lord Byron

Yes! ready money is Aladdin's lamp.

--Lord Byron

The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.

--Lord Byron

I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff- box from an emperor.

--Lord Byron

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.

--Lord Byron

Opinions are made to be changed or how is truth to be got at?

--Lord Byron

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.

--Lord Byron

It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe; you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.

--Lord Byron

I slept and dreamt that life was beauty; I woke and found that life was duty.

--Lord Byron

Her great merit is finding out mine; there is nothing so amiable as discernment.

--Lord Byron

Despair and Genius are too oft connected.

--Lord Byron

I do not believe in any religion, I will have nothing to do with immortality. We are miserable enough in this life without speculating upon another.

--Lord Byron

Tis strange,-but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction: if it could be told,
How much would novels gain by the exchange!
How differently the world would men behold!

--Lord Byron

A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect a lover -- but will sooner or later find a tyrant.

--Lord Byron

If I could always read I should never feel the want of company.

--Lord Byron

I live not in myself, but I become
Portion of that around me: and to me
High mountains are a feeling, but the hum
of human cities torture.

--Lord Byron

And there the stories
Of martyrs awed, as Spagnoletto tainted
His brush with all the blood of all the sainted.

--Lord Byron

All who joy would win
Must share it -- Happiness was born a twin.

--Lord Byron

On with the dance! let joy be unconfin'd.

--Lord Byron

Fare thee well, and if for ever
Still for ever fare thee well.

--Lord Byron

The poor dog, in life the firmest friend, the first to welcome, the foremost to defend.

--Lord Byron

The stars are forth, the moon above the tops
Of the snow-shining mountains.--Beautiful!
I linger yet with Nature, for the night
Hath been to me a more familiar face
Than that of man; and in her starry shade
Of dim and solitary loveliness,
I learn'd the language of another world.

--Lord Byron

A woman being never at a loss... the devil always sticks by them.

--Lord Byron

Like other parties of the kind, it was first silent, then talky, then argumentative, then disputatious, then unintelligible, then altogether, then inarticulate, and then drunk. When we had reached the last step of this glorious ladder, it was difficult to get down again without stumbling.

--Lord Byron

LUCIFER: They say what they must sing and say on pain
Of being that which I am and thou art --
Of spirits and of men.

CAIN: And what is that?

LUCIFER: Souls who dare use their immortality,
Souls who dare look the omnipotent tyrant in
His everlasting face and tell him that
His evil is not good!

--Lord Byron

The light of love, the purity of grace,
The mind, the Music breathing from her face,
The heart whose softness harmonised the whole --
And, oh! that eye was in itself a Soul!

--Lord Byron

Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth, the Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.

--Lord Byron

Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt
In solitude, where we are least alone.

--Lord Byron

Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt in solitude, where we are least alone.

--Lord Byron

Oh! too convincing -- dangerously dear -- In woman's eye the unanswerable tear!

--Lord Byron

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.

--Lord Byron

Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been--A sound which makes us linger; yet--farewell!

--Lord Byron

Merely innocent flirtation, Not quite adultery, but adulteration.

--Lord Byron

Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, and daughters sometimes run off with the butler.

--Lord Byron

Years steal fire from the mind as vigour from the limb; And life's enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.

--Lord Byron

And, after all, what is lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade.

--Lord Byron

Always laugh when you can...it is a cheap medicine.

--Lord Byron

Longer Version:

Always laugh when you can; it is cheap medicine. Merriment is a philosophy not well understood. It is the sunny side of existence.


LUCIFER: I pity thee who lovest what must perish.
CAIN: And I thee who lov'st nothing.

--Lord Byron

So much alarmed that she is quite alarming.

--Lord Byron

And hold up to the sun my little taper.

--Lord Byron

And the commencement of atonement is the sense of its necessity.

--Lord Byron

I am ashes where once I was fire.

--Lord Byron

Think not I am what I appear.

--Lord Byron

We of the craft are all crazy.

--Lord Byron

How sweet and soothing is this hour of calm! I thank thee, night! for thou has chased away these horrid bodements which, amidst the throng, I could not dissipate; and with the blessing of thy benign and quiet influence now will I to my couch, although to rest is almost wronging such a night as this.

--Lord Byron

Dreading that climax of all human ills the inflammation of his weekly bills.

--Lord Byron

Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away.

--Lord Byron

Longer Version:

Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away; A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country.


Eternity forbids thee to forget.

--Lord Byron

Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of the world all things are weighed by the false scale of custom.

--Lord Byron

What men call gallantry, and gods adultery, is much more common where the climate's sultry.

--Lord Byron

I have a notion that gamblers are as happy as most people -- being always excited.

--Lord Byron

Lord of himself; that heritage of woe!

--Lord Byron

I loved my country, and I hated him.

--Lord Byron

Good but rarely came from good advice.

--Lord Byron

The law of heaven and earth is life for life.

--Lord Byron

While common men grow ignorantly old,
The lawyer's brief is like the surgeon's knife,
Dissecting the whole inside of a question,
And with it all the process of digestion.

--Lord Byron

This is to be mortal, And seek the things beyond mortality.

--Lord Byron

Have not all past human beings parted, And must not all the present, one day part?

--Lord Byron

Let not his mode of raising cash seem strange,
Although he fleeced the flags of every nation,
For into a prime minister but change
His title, and 'tis nothing but taxation.

--Lord Byron

The heart ran o'er With silent worship of the great of old! -- The dead, but sceptred sovereigns, who still rule Our spirits from their urns.

--Lord Byron

Dim with the mist of years, gray flits the shade of power.

--Lord Byron

Here's a sigh to those who love me,And a smile to those who hate;And, whatever sky's above me,Here's a heart for every fate.

--Lord Byron

When age chills the blood, when our pleasures are past --
For years fleet away with the wings of the dove -
The dearest remembrance will still be the last,
Our sweetest memorial the first kiss of love.

--Lord Byron

The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The moon, their mistress, had expir'd before;
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish'd; Darkness had no need
Of aid from them-She was the Universe.

--Lord Byron

There is no traitor like him whose domestic treason plants the poniard within the breast that trusted to his truth.

--Lord Byron

Oh! snatched away in beauty's bloom,
On thee shall press no ponderous tomb;
But on thy turf shall roses rear
Their leaves, the earliest of the year.

--Lord Byron

And dreams in their development have breath, And tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy; They have a weight upon our waking thoughts, They take a weight from off our waking toils, They do divide our being.

--Lord Byron

I have had, and may have still, a thousand friends, as they are called, in life, who are like one's partners in the waltz of this world -not much remembered when the ball is over.

--Lord Byron

Reason is so unreasonable, that few people can say they are in possession of it.

--Lord Byron

I will keep no further journal of that same hesternal torch‐light ; and, to prevent me from returning, like a dog, to the vomit of memory, I tear out the remaining leaves of this volume.

--Lord Byron

Romances paint at full length people's wooing. But only give a bust of marriages.

--Lord Byron

A timid mind is apt to mistake every scratch for a mortal wound.

--Lord Byron

Ada! sole daughter of my house and heart.

--Lord Byron

This sort of adoration of the real is but a heightening of the beau ideal.

--Lord Byron

Armenian is the language to speak with God.

--Lord Byron

Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded. That all the Apostles would have done as they did.

--Lord Byron

Grief is fantastical, and loves the dead, And the apparel of the grave.

--Lord Byron

None are so desolate but something dear, Dearer than self, possesses or possess'd A thought, and claims the homage of a tear.

--Lord Byron

Then, fare thee well, deceitful Maid!

--Lord Byron

When Bishop Berkeley said there was no matter. And proved it -- 't was no matter what he said.

--Lord Byron

What exile from himself can flee? To zones, though more and more remote, Still, still pursues, where'er I be, The blight of life -- the demon Thought.

--Lord Byron

Pure friendship's well-feigned blush.

--Lord Byron

Tis not on youth's smooth cheek the blush alone, which fades so fast, But the tender bloom of heart is gone, ere youth itself be past.

--Lord Byron

All Heaven and Earth are still, though not in sleep, But breathless, as we grow when feeling most.

--Lord Byron

Be warm, be pure, be amorous, but be chaste.

--Lord Byron

The mind can make substance, and people planets of its own with beings brighter than have been, and give a breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.

--Lord Byron

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.

--Lord Byron

To what gulfs A single deviation from the track Of human duties leads even those who claim The homage of mankind as their born due, And find it, till they forfeit it themselves!

--Lord Byron

Just as old age is creeping on space, And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day, They kindly leave us, though not quite alone, But in good company -- the gout or stone.

--Lord Byron

And angling too, that solitary vice, What Izaak Walton sings or says: The quaint, old, cruel coxcomb, in his gullet Should have a hook, and a small trout to pull it.

--Lord Byron

So sweet the blush of bashfulness, E'en pity scarce can wish it less!

--Lord Byron

Whatsoever thy birth, Thou wert a beautiful thought, and softly bodied forth.

--Lord Byron

Bologna is celebrated for producing popes, painters, and sausage.

--Lord Byron

For there was soft remembrance, and sweet trust
In one fond breast, to which his own would melt,
And in its tenderer hour on that his bosom dwelt.

--Lord Byron

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