Quotation by George Gordon Noel Byron

Firmness yclept in heroes, kings and seamen,
That is, when they succeed; but greatly blamed
As obstinacy, both in men and women,
Whene'er their triumph pales, or star is tamed —
And 'twill perplex the casuist in morality
To fix the due bounds of this dangerous quality.
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. Don Juan, cto. 14, st. 89.

In stanza 90, Byron added: Had Buonaparte won at Waterloo, It had been firmness; now 'tis pertinacity.
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