“It is well to dream of glorious war in a snug armchair at home, but it is a very different thing to see it first hand.”
"Lady Lyndon was soon to occupy a place in Barry's life not very much more important than the elegant carpets and pictures that would form the pleasant background of his existence."
"Barry was one of those born clever enough at gaming a fortune but incapable of keeping one. For the qualities and energies which lead a man to achieve the first are often the very cause of his ruin in the latter case."
“What his majesty is denied, he goes half-mad to obtain. What he gets freely, he despises.”