Quotation by George Gordon Noel Byron

I have always laid it down as a maxim—and found it justified by experience—that a man and a woman make far better friendships than can exist between two of the same sex—but then with the condition that they never have made or are to make love to each other.
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. letter, Dec. 1, 1822. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 10, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).

Byron echoed this notion in Don Juan, cto. 14, st. 93: "No friend like to a woman Earth discovers,/So that you have not been nor will be lovers."
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