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Byronic Heroes

Anything and everything to do with the Byronic Hero from Literature, Film and Television.

Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter in Rebecca

Edmond Dantes (The Count of Monte Cristo)- Jim Caviezel

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I have little left in myself -- I must have you. The world may laugh -- may call me absurd, selfish -- but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame. - Mr. Rochester of Jane Eyre (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years as I could in a day. - Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

I stood Among them, but not of them; in a shroud Of thoughts which were not their thoughts. - All of Lord Byron's characters (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

“Either you go to America with Mrs. Van Hopper or you come home to Manderley with me." "Do you mean you want a secretary or something?" "No, I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool.” - Maxim de Winter from Rebecca (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

“Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. "After all this time?" "Always," said Snape.” - Severus Snape (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

You sense my loneliness...my bitterness at being shut out of life. My bitterness that I'm evil, that I don't deserve to be loved and yet I need love hungrily. My horror that I can never reveal myself to mortals. But these things don't stop me, Mother. I'm too strong for them to stop me. As you said yourself once, I am very good at being what I am. These things merely now and then make me suffer, that's all. - Lestat from The Vampire Chronicles (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create. — the Monster; Victor Frankenstein and The Monster (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me. - Erik from Phantom of the Opera (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

Who could resist his power? ...- in fine, he knew so well how to use the serpent's art, or such was the will of fate, that he gained her affections.- Lord Ruthven of The Vampyre (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

Whether I am a fool or a villain I know not; but this is certain, I am also most deserving of pity - perhaps more so than she. My soul has been spoiled by the world, my imagination is unquiet, my heart insatiate. To me everything is of little moment. I have become as easily accustomed to grief as to joy, and my life grows emptier day by day.- Pechorin of A Hero of Our Time (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.- Dorian Gray of The Picture of Dorian Gray (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

“It is these black clothes,” said Strange. “I am like a leftover piece of funeral, condemned to walk about the Town, frightening people into thinking of their own mortality.” - Jonathan Strange of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

She left, yet still Eugene stood there, /As if a lightning bolt had struck. /His heart the tempest now stripped bare, /And with what storms his body shook! - Eugene Onegin (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality. - Dom Claude Frollo of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

On the surface, they can still exercise their iniquitous laws, fight, devour each other, and indulge in all their earthly horrors. But thirty feet below the surface, their power ceases, their influence fades, and their dominion vanishes. Ah, monsieur, to live in the bosom of the sea!...There I recognize no master! There I am free! - Captain Nemo (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

And you invite me to be one of you. I’d see you damned first. - Stephen Dedalus of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)

“I regret now,” said he, “having helped you in your late inquiries, or having given you the information I did.” “Why so?” inquired Dantès. “Because it has instilled a new passion in your heart—that of vengeance.” - Edmond Dantes of The Count of Monte Cristo (Top 20 Byronic Heroes in Literature)