I can never get people to understand that poetry is the expression of excited passion, and that there is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. letter, July 5, 1821, to poet Thomas Moore; repr. In Doris Langley Moore, The Late Lord Byron, ch. 8 (1961, revised 1976). Quoted in Moore's biography of Byron (1830).