George Byron

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In existographies, George Byron (167-131 BE) (1788-1824 ACM) (IQ:180|#136) (ID:5.00|36) (Cattell 1000:30) (RGM:1,037|,1350+) (PR:500|65AE / writer:63) (Murray 4000:9|WL) (Gottlieb 1000:385) (Choueiri 115:36) (GF:11) (CR:28) (LH:7) (TL:35), aka “Lord Byron”, was an English writer, poet, and philosopher, noted for []



Byron was associated with: Percy Shelley (friend), Mary Shelley (friend).


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The following are quotes:

Foolish soul! What ‘act of legislature’ was there that thou shouldst be happy? A little while ago thou hadst no right to be happy at all. What if though wert born and predestined not to be happy, but to be unhappy! Art thou nothing other than a vulture, then, that filest though the universe seeking after somewhat to eat; and shrieking dolefully because carrion enough is not given thee? Close thy Byron; open thy Goethe.”
Thomas Carlyle (1834), Sartor Resartus (§2.9, pgs. 197-08)[1]
“You are right; we must speak with respect of Lucretius; I see no one who can compare with him except Byron, and Byron has not his gravity nor the sincerity of his sadness. The melancholy of the ancients seems to me more profound than that of the moderns, who all more or less presuppose an immortality on the yonder side of the black hole. But for the ancients this black hole has the infinite itself; the procession of their dreams is imaged against a background of immutable ebony. The gods being no more and Christ not being not yet, there was between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius a unique moment in which man stood alone. Nowhere else do I find this grandeur; but what renders Lucretius intolerable is his physics, which he gives as if positive. If he is weak, it is because he did not doubt enough; he wished to explain, to arrive at a conclusion!”
— Gustave Flaubert (c.1875), “Letter to Madame Roger des Genettes”[2]
“They were, all of them, Shelley, Byron, Mary Shelley, and Victor Frankenstein, obsessed with the recent findings of Galvani, Volta and Aldini, and by the notion that electricity is the secret essence of life. And I will go further, and suggest that Reymond had the same obsession. Reymond, the great opponent of vitalism, had scorned the idea of a lebenskraft or life force. And yet he had proposed to relate the electrical characteristics of nerve and muscle to their ‘general vital activity’. And he spoke of the impact of Galvani's work of 1791 as being almost equal to the impact of the French Revolution.”
— Paul Cranefield (1988), “Carl Ludwig and Emil du Bois-Reymond” (pg. 278)[3]

Quotes | By

A wooden card of Byron's "write or I go mad" motto.

The following are quotes by Byron:

“Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot are fools, and those who dare not are slaves.”
— Lord Byron (c.1810), Publication
“There are four questions of value in life. What is scared? Of what is the ‘spirit’ made of? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”
— Lord Byron (c.1810), Publication[4]

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  1. (a) Carlyle, Thomas. (1834). Sartor Resartus (preface: Ralph Emerson) (§2.9, pgs. 197-08). Monroe, 1837.
    (b) Chew, Samuel. (1924). Byron in England: His Fame and After-Fame (pgs. 250-51). Murray.
  2. (a) Flaubert, Gustave. (1910). Correspondance, Troisieme Serie (1854-1869). Paris.
    (b) Unamuno, Miguel de. (1912). Tragic Sense of Life (94-95). Dover, 1954.
  3. Cranefield, Paul. (1988), “Carl Ludwig and Emil du Bois-Reymond: a Study in Contrasts” (pg. 278), Gesnerus, 45:271-82.
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  • Everett, Rupert. (2018). “The Real Reason Lord Byron Became so Famous” (YT), Timeline: World History Documentaries, Sep 27.

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