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Lord Byron
1788 - 1824

British poet, a.k.a. George Gordon, author of Don Juan (1818) and other works


Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.

1818 - from Don Juan
I have simplified my politics into an utter detestation of all existing governments...

Jan. 16, 1815 - from his journal
Give me a republic, or a despotism of one, rather than the mixed government of one, two, three. A Republic! ... To be the first man - not the Dictator, not the Sylla, but the Washington or the Aristides - the leader in talent and truth is next to the Divinity!

Nov. 28, 1818 - from his journal
My parliamentary schemes are not much to my taste ... [I] have no intention to "strut another hour" on that stage.

Mar. 1818 - from a letter to Augusta Leigh
The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.

Nov. 28, 1813 - from his journal
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure - critics all are ready made.

from "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers"
Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people.

Jan. 5, 1821 - from his Ravenna journal
There is, in fact, no law or government at all [in Italy]; and it is wonderful how well things go on without them.

Jan. 1821 - from a letter to Thomas Moore