Quotation by George Gordon Noel Byron

If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. letter, Feb. 21, 1820, to publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 7, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).
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