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LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON)
English poet
(1788 - 1824)
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Sweet is revenge--especially to women.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 124)
        [Proverbs : Revenge]

And truant husband should return, and say,
  "My dear, I was the first who came away."
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 141) [Husbands]

But at sixteen the conscience rarely gnaws
  So much, as when we call our old debts in
    At sixty years, and draw the accounts of evil,
      And find a deuced balance with the devil.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 167) [Conscience]

In virtue, nothing earthly could surpass her,
  Save thine "incomparable oil," Macassar!
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 17) [Perfume]

His speech was a fine sample, on the whole,
  Of rhetoric, which the learn'd call "rigmarole."
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 174) [Speech]

Man's love is of man's life a thing apart,
  'Tis woman's whole existence: man may range
    The court, camp, church, the vessel, and the mart,
      Sword, gown, gain, glory, offer in exchange
        Pride, fame, ambition, to fill up his heart,
          And few there are whom these cannot estrange;
            Men have all these resources, we but one,
              To love again, and be again undone.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 194) [Love]

My heart is feminine, nor can forget--
  To all, except one image, madly blind;
    So shakes the needle, and so stands the pole,
      As vibrates my fond heart to my fix'd soul.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 196) [Influence]

So for a good old-gentlemanly vice,
  I think I must take up with avarice.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 216) [Avarice]

What is the end of Fame? 'tis but to fill
  A certain portion of uncertain paper:
    Some liken it to climbing up a hill,
      Whose summit, like all hills, is lost in vapour:
        For this men write, speak, preach, and heroes kill,
          And bards burn what they call their "midnight taper,"
            To have, when the original is dust,
              A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 218) [Fame]

But O ye lords of ladies intellectual,
  Inform us truly, have they not henpecked you all?
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 22) [Husbands]

I loathe that low vice--curiosity.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 23) [Curiosity]

A little curly-headed, good-for-nothing,
  And mischief-making monkey from his birth.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 25) [Childhood]

Dead scandals form good subjects for dissection.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 31) [Scandal]

The languages, especially the dead,
  The sciences, and most of all the abstruse,
    The arts, at least all such as could be said
      To be the most remote from common use,
        In all these he was much and deeply read.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 40) [Learning]

Ovid's a rake, as half his verses show him,
  Anacreon's morals are a still worse sample,
    Catullus scarcely has a decent poem,
      I don't think Sappho's Ode a good example,
        Although Longinus tells us there is no hymn
          Where the sublime soars forth on wings more ample;
            But Virgil's songs are pure, except that horrid one
              Being with "Formosum Pastor Corydon."
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 42) [Poets]

Brave men were living before Agamemnon.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 5) [Bravery]

Her eye (I'm very fond of handsome eyes)
  Was large and dark, suppressing half its fire
    Until she spoke, then through its soft disguise
      Flash'd an expression more of pride than ire,
        And love than either; and there would arise,
          A something in them which was not desire,
            But would have been, perhaps, but for the soul,
              Which struggled through and chansten'd down the whole.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 60) [Eyes]

Her glossy hair was cluster'd o'er a brow
  Bright with intelligence, and fair and smooth;
    Her eyebrow's shape was like the aerial bow,
      Her cheek all purple with the beam of youth,
        Mounting, at times, to a transparent glow,
          As if her veins ran lightning.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 61) [Beauty]

Her stature tall--I hate a dumpy woman.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 61) [Women]

Yet he was jealous, though he did not show it,
  For jealousy dislikes the world to know it.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 65) [Jealousy]

A quiet conscience makes one so serene!
  Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded
    That all the Apostles would have done as they did.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 83) [Conscience]

Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded.
  That all the Apostles would have done as they did.
      - Don Juan (canto I, st. 83)
        [Christianity : Proverbs]

O ye! who teach the ingenious youth of nations,
  Holland, France, England, Germany or Spain,
    I pray ye flog them upon all occasions,
      It mends their morals, never mind the pain.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 1) [Teaching]

I can't but say it is an awkward sight
  To see one's native land receding through
    The growing waters; it unmans one quite,
      Especially when life is rather new.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 12)
        [Love of Country]

Like a lovely tree
  She grew to womanhood, and between whiles
    Rejected several suitors, just to learn
      How to accept a better in his turn.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 128) [Coquetry]


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