Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart

Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart,
’Tis woman’s whole existence
— Lord Byron, Extracts from Don Juan: Donna Julia’s Letter


Haha, really? I have known and liked this quote for many years. Though I’ve never been fool enough to believe a word of it :)

I was delighted, intrigued, and surprised to find the follow comment in Wikipedia when I was checking this quote.
Upon the death of Byron’s mother-in-law Judith Noel, the Hon. Lady Milbanke, in 1822, her will required that he change his surname to “Noel” in order for him to inherit half of her estate.  […] and from that point he signed himself “Noel Byron” (the usual signature of a peer being merely the peerage, in this case simply “Byron”).
How could I have not known this?!

Image: By Fingalo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons

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