100 Lord Byron Quotes from the Greatest English Poet

George Gordon Byron, born in London in 1788, was a deeply complicated figure who inherited the title of Baron Byron of Rochdale at the tender age of ten.

Having faced abandonment and neglect in his youth, he became known for his rebellious and secretive nature.

His passion for poetry became evident during his studies at Aberdeen Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge.


Despite facing scathing criticism and significant financial woes, Byron’s poetry, notably the cantos of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, gained him fame among the intellectual class.

As an outspoken member of the House of Lords, he championed workers’ rights and social reform.

However, Byron’s personal life was marked by scandal and controversy, eventually leading to his exile from England.

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His masterpiece, Don Juan, remained unfinished at the time of his untimely death at 36.

Despite the tumultuous life, Byron is celebrated today for his significant contribution to English literature, with his work influencing generations of Romantic poets.

Here is a curated collection of Lord Byron quotes.

Best Lord Byron Quotes


Till taught by pain, men know not water’s worth. ~ Lord Byron.


Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life. ~ Lord Byron.


The best prophet of the future is the past. ~ Lord Byron.


I am ashes where once I was fire… ~ Lord Byron.


Fare thee well, and if for ever Still for ever fare thee well. ~ Lord Byron.


It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake. ~ Lord Byron.

Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven! ~ Lord Byron.

My native land, good night! ~ Lord Byron.


Like to the apples on the Dead Sea’s shore, All ashes to the taste. ~ Lord Byron.

The ‘good old times’ – all times when old are good. ~ Lord Byron.


It is when we think we lead that we are most led. ~ Lord Byron.

In secret we met – In silence I grieve, That thy heart could forget, Thy spirit deceive. If I should meet thee After long years, How should I greet thee? – With silence and tears. ~ Lord Byron.

Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men. ~ Lord Byron.

She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes… ~ Lord Byron.


My altars are the mountains and the ocean. ~ Lord Byron.

A good coach encourages the same type of resilience in the people they work with. They encourage them to take risks. If the risk results in failure, they help all people to learn from the mistake and then go on to try another way. ~ Lord Byron.

Passionate Lord Byron Quotes

They never fail who die in a great cause. ~ Lord Byron.

Are not the mountains, waves, and skies as much a part of me, as I of them? ~ Lord Byron.


A drop of ink may make a million think. ~ Lord Byron.

He makes a solitude, and calls it – peace! ~ Lord Byron.

The busy have no time for tears. ~ Lord Byron.

There is no instinct like that of the heart. ~ Lord Byron.

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. ~ Lord Byron.


Life’s enchanted cup sparkles near the brim. ~ Lord Byron.

The heart will break, but broken live on. ~ Lord Byron.

Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean. ~ Lord Byron.

For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast, And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed; And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill, And their hearts but once heaved, and forever grew still! ~ Lord Byron.

What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman. ~ Lord Byron.

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. ~ Lord Byron.


I had a dream, which was not at all a dream. ~ Lord Byron.

The dew of compassion is a tear. ~ Lord Byron.

I do not believe in any religion, I will have nothing to do with immortality. We are miserable enough in this life without speculating upon another. ~ Lord Byron.

Ultimate Lord Byron Quotes

My days are in the yellow leaf; The flowers and fruits of love are gone; The worm, the canker, and the grief, Are mine alone! ~ Lord Byron.

For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction. ~ Lord Byron.

A change came o’er the spirit of my dream. ~ Lord Byron.


No hand can make the clock strike for me the hours that are passed. ~ Lord Byron.

The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity. ~ Lord Byron.

I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all. ~ Lord Byron.

We of the craft are all crazy. ~ Lord Byron.

Ada! sole daughter of my house and heart. ~ Lord Byron.

Who then will explain the explanation? ~ Lord Byron.

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. ~ Lord Byron.


Pleasure’s a sin, and sometimes sin’s a pleasure. ~ Lord Byron.

Letter writing is the only device combining solitude with good company. ~ Lord Byron.

Smiles form the channels of a future tear. ~ Lord Byron.

Come what may, I have been blest. ~ Lord Byron.

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. ~ Lord Byron.

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. ~ Lord Byron.

Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves. ~ Lord Byron.


Fools are my theme, let satire be my song. ~ Lord Byron.

The truly brave are soft of heart and eyes, and feel for what their duty bids them do. ~ Lord Byron.

Romantic Lord Byron Quotes

I slept and dreamt that life was beauty; I woke and found that life was duty. ~ Lord Byron.

Liberty – eternal spirit of the chainless mind. ~ Lord Byron.

You gave me the key to your heart, my love, then why did you make me knock? ~ Lord Byron.

Self praise is no praise at all. ~ Lord Byron.

What’s drinking? A mere pause from thinking! ~ Lord Byron.

When we two parted In silence and tears, Half broken-hearted, To sever for years. ~ Lord Byron.


Why do they call me misanthrope? Because They hate me, not I them. ~ Lord Byron.

A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends. ~ Lord Byron.

Adversity is the first path to truth. ~ Lord Byron.

Armenian is the language to speak with God. ~ Lord Byron.

Friendship is Love without his wings! ~ Lord Byron.

Famous Lord Byron Quotes

Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after. ~ Lord Byron.

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain. ~ Lord Byron.


There is pleasure in the pathless woods. ~ Lord Byron.

The power of thought is the magic of the mind. ~ Lord Byron.

There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything. ~ Lord Byron.

Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life. ~ Lord Byron.

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore. ~ Lord Byron.

If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~ Lord Byron.

Always laugh when you can; it is cheap medicine. Merriment is a philosophy not well understood. It is the sunny side of existence. ~ Lord Byron.

But quiet to quick bosoms is a hell. ~ Lord Byron.

Top Lord Byron Quotes

If from society we learn to live, solitude should teach us how to die. ~ Lord Byron.

Be warm, be pure, be amorous, but be chaste. ~ Lord Byron.

To have joy, one must share it. ~ Lord Byron.

Fame is the thirst of youth. ~ Lord Byron.

In solitude, where we are least alone. ~ Lord Byron.

My hair is grey, but not with years, Nor grew it white In a single night, As men’s have grown from sudden fears. ~ Lord Byron.

Since Eve ate the apple, much depends on dinner. ~ Lord Byron.

I deny nothing, but doubt everything. ~ Lord Byron.

Life is too short for chess. ~ Lord Byron.

Most glorious night! Thou wert not sent for slumber! ~ Lord Byron.

I awoke one morning and found myself famous. ~ Lord Byron.

Friendship is love without wings. ~ Lord Byron.

All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin. ~ Lord Byron.

Man is in part divine, A troubled stream from a pure source. ~ Lord Byron.

Heaven gives its favourites-early death. ~ Lord Byron.

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive. ~ Lord Byron.

I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone. ~ Lord Byron.

Great Lord Byron Quotes

Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship. ~ Lord Byron.

Of religion I know nothing – at least, in its favor. ~ Lord Byron.

I doubt sometimes whether a quiet and unagitated life would have suited me – yet I sometimes long for it. ~ Lord Byron.

A thousand years may scare form a state. An hour may lay it in ruins. ~ Lord Byron.

Religion-freedom-vengeance-what you will, A word’s enough to raise mankind to kill. ~ Lord Byron.

You should have a softer pillow than my heart. ~ Lord Byron.

Yes! Ready money is Aladdin’s lamp. ~ Lord Byron.

So these were the 100 top Lord Byron quotes and sayings on nature, love, beauty, life and death.

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