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?!