Quotation by George Gordon Noel Byron

I by no means rank poetry high in the scale of intelligence—this may look like affectation but it is my real opinion. It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. letter, Nov. 29, 1813, to Annabella Milbanke (later Lady Byron). Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3, ed. Leslie Marchand (1974).
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