Quotation by George Gordon Noel Byron

Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon—the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it.
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. Letter, February 2, 1821, to the publisher John Murray. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 8, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).
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