Women On Adventure is a blog by K.L. Webber exploring our rich shared history of women's adventure writing. This curated collection of quotations showcases the opinions and experiences of influential female travellers in their own words.

"As to the thoughts, who knows where he got them?"

He [Lord Byron] was a strange character; his generosity was for a motive, his avarice for a motive. One time he was mopish, and no one was to speak to him; another, he was for being jocular with everybody. At Athens I saw nothing in him but a well-bred man, like many others; for, as for his poetry, it is easy enough to write verses, and as to the thoughts, who knows where he got them? Many a one picks up some old book that nobody knows anything about, and gets his ideas out of it.

 

Lady Hester Stanhope

Athens, Greece, Unknown

 

Source: Lady Hester Stanhope, from Cleveland, Catherine Lucy Wilhelmina Stanhope Powell, Duchess of, The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope, 1914

Further links:

https://archive.org/details/lifelettersoflad00clevuoft

Joan Haslip, Lady Hester Stanhope: a biography, Heron Books, first publication 1934

http://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/stanhope-hester-1776-1839

 

 

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