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LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON)
English poet
(1788 - 1824)
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The best of remedies is a beefsteak
  Against sea-sickness; try it, sir, before
    You sneer, and I assure you this is true,
      For I have found it answer--so may you.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 13) [Sickness]

For the night
  Shows stars and women in a better light.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 152) [Night]

That famish'd people must be slowly nurst,
  And fed by spoonfuls, else they always burst.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 158) [Eating]

'Tis pleasing to be school'd in a strange tongue
  By female lips and eyes--that is, I mean,
    When both the teacher and the taught are young,
      As was the case, at least, where I have been;
        They smile so when one's right; and when one's wrong
          They smile still more.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 164) [Teaching]

. . . all who joy would win
  Must share it.--Happiness was born a twin.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 172)
        [Happiness : Proverbs]

Few things surpass old wine; and they may preach
  Who please, the more because they preach in vain,--
    Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
      Sermons and soda-water the day after.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 178)
        [Wine and Spirits]

Let us have wine and woman, mirth and laughter,
  Sermons and soda-water the day after.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 178) [Festivities]

Man, being reasonable, must get drunk;
  The best of life is but intoxication:
    Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunk
      The hopes of all men and of every nation;
        Without their sap, how branchless were the trunk
          Of life's strange tree, so fruitful on occasion:
            But to return,--Get very drunk; and when
              You wake with headache, you shall see what then.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 179)
        [Intemperance]

It was the cooling hour, just when the rounded
  Red sun sinks down behind the azure hill,
    Which then seems as if the whole earth is bounded,
      Circling all nature, hush'd, and dim, and still,
        With the far mountain-crescent half surrounded
          On one side, and the deep sea calm and chill
            Upon the other, and the rosy sky
              With one star sparkling through it like an eye.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 183) [Sunset]

A long, long kiss, a kiss of youth, and love.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 186) [Kisses]

Alas! the love of women! it is known
  To be a lovely and a fearful thing.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 199) [Love]

I hate inconstancy--I loathe, detest,
  Abhor, condemn, abjure the mortal made
    Of such quicksilver clay that in his breast
      No permanent foundation can be laid.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 209) [Inconstancy]

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 34) [Religion]

Well, well, the world must turn upon its axis,
  And all mankind turn with it, heads or tails,
    And live and die, make love and pay our taxes,
      And as the veering winds shift, shift our sails.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 4) [World]

Some hoisted out the boats, and there was one
  That begged Pedrillo for an absolution
    Who told him to be damn'd,--in his confusion.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 44) [Shipwreck]

'Twas twilight, and the sunless day went down
  Over the waste of waters; like a veil,
    Which, if withdrawn, would but disclose the frown
      Of one whose hate is mask'd but to assail.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 49) [Twilight]

Then rose from sea to sky the wild farewell--
  Then shriek'd the timid, and stood still the brave,--
    Then some leap'd overboard with fearful yell,
      As eager to anticipate their grave.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 52) [Shipwreck]

Man is a carnivorous production,
  And must have meals, at least one meal a day;
    He cannot live, like woodcocks, upon suction,
      But, like the shark and tiger, must have prey;
        Although his anatomical construction
          Bears vegetables, in a grumbling way,
            Your laboring people think beyond all question,
              Beef, veal, and mutton better for digestion.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 67) [Eating]

Till taught by pain,
  Men really know not what good water's worth;
    If you had been in Turkey or in Spain,
      Or with a famish'd boat's-crew had your berth,
        Or in the desert heard the camel's bell,
          You'd wish yourself where Truth is--in a well.
      - Don Juan (canto II, st. 84) [Water]

Ah! surely nothing dies but something mourns!
      - Don Juan (canto III, st. 108) [Death]

An infant when it gazes on a light,
  A child the moment when it drains the breast,
    A devotee when soars the Host in sight,
      An Arab with a stranger for a guest,
        A sailor when the prize has struck in fight,
          A miser filling his most hoarded chest,
            Feel rapture; but not such true joy are reaping
              As they who watch o'er what they love while sleeping.
      - Don Juan (canto III, st. 196) [Joy]

Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler,
  And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
      - Don Juan (canto III, st. 22) [Absence]

In her first passion woman loves her lover;
  In all the others, all she loves is love.
      - Don Juan (canto III, st. 3) [Love]

He was the mildest manner'd man
  That ever scuttled ship or cut a throat.
      - Don Juan (canto III, st. 41) [Manners]

He enter'd in his house--his home no more,
  For without hearts there is no home; and felt
    The solitude of passing his own door
      Without a welcome.
      - Don Juan (canto III, st. 52) [Welcome]


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