I Wish I’d Said That.

Dr. Boli’s Occasional Journal of Quotations.

Byron on Studying Armenian.

Four years ago the French instituted an Armenian professorship. Twenty pupils presented themselves on Monday morning, full of noble ardor, ingenuous youth, and impregnable industry. They persevered, with a courage worthy of the nation and of universal conquest, till Thursday; when fifteen of the twenty succumbed to the six-and-twentieth letter of the alphabet. It is, to be sure, a Waterloo of an alphabet—that must be said for them.

——Lord Byron’s Armenian Exercises and Poetry.