On coming home from abroad, I recollect being
unable to look at any woman
they were so fair, and unmeaning, and blonde
but this impression wore off ; and now I can look at a fair woman,
without longing for a Houri.
the longest eyelashes I ever saw, since Leila's and
Phannio's Moslem curtains of the light.
I can't say much for their seraglio [in a stage play] -
Teresa, Phannio, or * * * * , were worth them all.
ON MARRIAGE AND MISTRESSES
I never knew any good come of your young wife,
and legal espousals
But a mistress is just as perplexing - that is, one
- two or more are manageable by division.
A mistress never is, nor can be, a friend. While you agree,
you are lovers; and when its over, anything but friends.
time among dowagers and
unmarried girls. If it advanced any serious affair, it were some excuse; but,
with the unmarried, that is a hazardous speculation, and tiresome enough, too:
and with the veterans, it is not worth trying, unless, perhaps, one in a
ON FRIENDSHIP AND FAME
If she [Lady Melbourne] had been a few years
younger, what a fool she would have made of me had she thought it worth her
while, - and I would have lost a valuable and most agreeable friend.
The reason that adulation is not displeasing is, that,
though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or another,
to induce people to lie, to make us their friend.
If I must fritter away my life, I would rather do it alone.
the maxim of my boxing master, which, in my youth, was found
useful in all general riots, - "whosoever is not for you is against you -
mill away right and left"
ON POETS AND POETRY
No-one should be a rhymer who could be any
I shall never be any thing, or rather always be nothing. The
most I can hope is, that some will say, "He might, perhaps, if he
What is a work - any -or every work - but a desert with
fountains and, perhaps, a grove or two, every day's journey?
Who would write who had anything better to do?
ON VICE AND VIRTUE
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
ON DEATH AND THE HEREAFTER
All are inclined to believe what they covet,
from a lottery ticket up to a passport to Paradise, - in which, from
description, I see nothing very tempting.
I am too lazy to shoot myself - and it would annoy Augusta,
and perhaps * * ; but it would be a good thing for George [Byron's heir], on
the other side, and no bad one for me; but I won't be tempted.
It is for Him, who made it, to prolong that spark of
celestial fire which illuminates, yet burns, this frail tenement; but I see no
such horror in a "dreamless sleep", and I have no conception of any
existence which duration would not render tiresome.
eternity won't be the less agreeable or more horrible
because one did not expect it.
I wish I could leave off eating altogether.
ON PHYSICAL PLEASURES
a true voluptuary will never abandon his
mind to the grossness of reality. It is by exalting the earthly, the material,
the physique of our pleasures, by veiling these ideas, by forgetting them
altogether, or, at least, never naming them hardly to one's self, that we alone
can prevent them from disgusting.