"Byron forever sought the public eye; Napoleon never needed to attract it--he compelled it," said Mr. Henry J. Golding in his speech on "The Egoists, Napoleon and Byron," at the Liberal Club yesterday afternoon. Of Napoleon he said, "He was a solitary man, while Byron could never be alone with himself, even in spirit. He was not able even to judge of his own best works."
"Napoleon as an egoist surpassed in his megalomania the mere self-interest which distinguished the whole life of Byron. Napoleon was incapable of admiring anyone; Byron admired Napoleon, but he saw his shortcomings.
"Morality did not exist for Napoleon: Byron only affected disregard of it. The poet's whole life, in fact, was a posture. He paraded himself before the whole of Europe, so that his life was spent upon a stage. While Shelley always sought the light, Byron sought the limelight. Disapprobation, even from the meanest of men cast him down.