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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron. (1788–1824) (continued)
    When Bishop Berkeley said “there was no matter,”
  And proved it,—’t was no matter what he said. 1
          Don Juan. Canto xi. Stanza 1.
    And after all, what is a lie? ’T is but
  The truth in masquerade.
          Don Juan. Canto xi. Stanza 37.
    ’T is strange the mind, that very fiery particle,
Should let itself be snuff’d out by an article.
          Don Juan. Canto xi. Stanza 59.
    Of all tales ’t is the saddest,—and more sad,
Because it makes us smile.
          Don Juan. Canto xiii. Stanza 9.
    Cervantes smil’d Spain’s chivalry away.
          Don Juan. Canto xiii. Stanza 11.
    Society is now one polish’d horde,
Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.
          Don Juan. Canto xiii. Stanza 95.
    All human history attests
That happiness for man,—the hungry sinner!—
Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner. 2
          Don Juan. Canto xiii. Stanza 99.
    ’T is strange, but true; for truth is always strange,—
Stranger than fiction.
          Don Juan. Canto xiv. Stanza 101.
    The Devil hath not, in all his quiver’s choice,
An arrow for the heart like a sweet voice.
          Don Juan. Canto xv. Stanza 13.
    A lovely being, scarcely formed or moulded,
A rose with all its sweetest leaves yet folded.
          Don Juan. Canto xv. Stanza 43.
    Friendship is Love without his wings.
          L’Amitié est l’Amour sans Ailes.
    I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
          Memoranda from his Life, by Moore, Chap. xiv.
Note 1.
What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.—T. H. Key (once Head Master of University College School). On the authority of F. J. Furnivall. [back]
Note 2.
For a man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.—Piozzi: Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson, p. 149. [back]