Lord Byron

(George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron)

Lord Byron
Lord Byron
  • Born: January 22, 1788
  • Died: April 19, 1824
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Poet









Quote Topics Cited
For what were all these country patriots born? To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Citizenship & Patriotism
A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know. Fame
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress. Literature, Writers & Writing
A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends.
A thousand years may scare form a state. An hour may lay it in ruins.
A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect a lover but will sooner or later find a tyrant.
Absence - that common cure of love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Adversity is the first path to truth. Truth
All farewells should be sudden, when forever.
All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin. Happiness & Unhappiness
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
America is a model of force and freedom and moderation - with all the coarseness and rudeness of its people. Freedom & Liberty
As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others. Nature
Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. Life
Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge. Life
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. Truth ;Hope
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away; A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country.
Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep. Life ;Death
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. Life
Fame is the thirst of youth. Fame
Folly loves the martyrdom of fame.
Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
For in itself a thought, a slumbering thought, is capable of years, and curdles a long life into one hour. Life
For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.
For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction. Truth
Friendship is Love without his wings! Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Relationships
He who is only just is cruel. Who on earth could live were all judged justly?
He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.
Her great merit is finding out mine - there is nothing so amiable as discernment.
I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness
I am acquainted with no immaterial sensuality so delightful as good acting.
I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions.
I cannot help thinking that the menace of Hell makes as many devils as the severe penal codes of inhuman humanity make villains.
I do detest everything which is not perfectly mutual.
I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned.
I have always believed that all things depended upon Fortune, and nothing upon ourselves.
I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I have no consistency, except in politics; and that probably arises from my indifference to the subject altogether. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I know that two and two make four - and should be glad to prove it too if I could - though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.
I love not man the less, but Nature more. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.
I shall soon be six-and-twenty. Is there anything in the future that can possibly console us for not being always twenty-five? Future
I should be very willing to redress men wrongs, and rather check than punish crimes, had not Cervantes, in that all too true tale of Quixote, shown how all such efforts fail.
I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
If I could always read, I should never feel the want of company.
If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.
If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver. Business, Commerce & Finance
In England the only homage which they pay to Virtue - is hypocrisy.
It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time. Time
It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe - you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.
It is very certain that the desire of life prolongs it. Life
It is very iniquitous to make me pay my debts, you have no idea of the pain it gives one.
Let none think to fly the danger for soon or late love is his own avenger. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Life's enchanted cup sparkles near the brim. Life
Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Lovers may be - and indeed generally are - enemies, but they never can be friends, because there must always be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.
Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind. But God help us all! It is at present a sad jar of atoms. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication. Life
Man's love is of man's life a part; it is a woman's whole existence. In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men. Sports & Athletics
Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers.
My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view, that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.
Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce.
Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste but they detest at leisure. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
One certainly has a soul; but how it came to allow itself to be enclosed in a body is more than I can imagine. I only know if once mine gets out, I'll have a bit of a tussle before I let it get in again to that of any other.
Opinions are made to be changed - or how is truth to be got at? Truth
Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people. Religion & God
Prolonged endurance tames the bold.
Romances I ne'er read like those I have seen.
Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it.
Shakespeare's name, you may depend on it, stands absurdly too high and will go down.
Shelley is truth itself and honour itself notwithstanding his out-of-the-way notions about religion. Truth ;Religion & God
Sincerity may be humble but she cannot be servile.
Smiles form the channels of a future tear. Future
Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tries, the Bores and Bored. Society
Sometimes we are less unhappy in being deceived by those we love, than in being undeceived by them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.
The best prophet of the future is the past. Future
The busy have no time for tears. Time
The Cardinal is at his wit's end - it is true that he had not far to go.
The dew of compassion is a tear. Sympathy
The fact is that my wife if she had common sense would have more power over me than any other whatsoever, for my heart always alights upon the nearest perch. Power
The 'good old times' - all times when old are good.
The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The heart will break, but broken live on. Moving On
The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice.
The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend. Life
The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.
Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt In solitude, where we are least alone.
There are four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There is no instinct like that of the heart. Romantic
There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state? Life
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature ;Music, Chants & Rapps
There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion. Religion & God
They never fail who die in a great cause.
This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.
This man is freed from servile bands, Of hope to rise, or fear to fall; Lord of himself, though not of lands, And leaving nothing, yet hath all. Hope
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print. A book's a book, although there's nothing in 't.
'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.
'Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it. Life ;Death
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
Truth is always strange, stranger than fiction. Truth
We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive. Trust
What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman.
What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little.
What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each loved one blotted from life's page, And be alone on earth, as I am now. Life
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. Travel
Where there is mystery, it is generally suspected there must also be evil.
Who loves, raves. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Who tracks the steps of glory to the grave?
Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire - in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?
Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons. Women
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven! Literature, Writers & Writing
Yes, love indeed is light from heaven; A spark of that immortal fire with angels shared, by Allah given to lift from earth our low desire. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex