George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

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A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton (January 17 1709August 24 1773), known as Sir George Lyttelton, Baronet between 1751 and 1756, was a British politician and statesman and a patron of the arts.


  • For his chaste Muse employ'd her heaven-taught lyre
    None but the noblest passions to inspire,
    Not one immoral, one corrupted thought,
    One line which, dying, he could wish to blot.
    • Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus.
  • Women, like princes, find few real friends.
    • Advice to a Lady.
  • What is your sex's earliest, latest care,
    Your heart's supreme ambition? To be fair.
    • Advice to a Lady.
  • The lover in the husband may be lost.
    • Advice to a Lady.
  • How much the wife is dearer than the bride.
    • An Irregular Ode.
  • None without hope e'er lov'd the brightest fair,
    But love can hope where reason would despair.
    • Epigram.
  • Where none admire, 't is useless to excel;
    Where none are beaux, 't is vain to be a belle.
    • Soliloquy on a Beauty in the Country.
  • Alas! by some degree of woe
    We every bliss must gain;
    The heart can ne'er a transport know
    That never feels a pain.
    • Song.

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