- Multa exstant facete ab eo dicta. - "Selections from Viri Romae", Charles François L'Homond.
- When he is jocular he is strong, when he is serious he is like Samson in a wig; any ordinary person is a match for him: a song, an ironical letter, a burlesque ode, an attack in the newspaper upon Nicoll's eye, a smart speech of twenty minutes, full of gross misrepresentations and clever turns, excellent language, a spirited manner, lucky quotation, success in provoking dull men, some half information picked up in Pall Mall in the morning; these are your friend's natural weapons; all these things he can do: here I allow him to be truly great; nay, I will be just, and go still further, if he would confine himself to these things, and consider the facete and the playful to be the basis of his character, he would, for that species of man, be universally regarded as a person of a very good understanding; call him a legislator, a reasoner, and the conductor of the affairs of a great nation, and it seems to me as absurd as if a butterfly were to teach bees to make honey. - "Political Pamphlets", George Saintsbury.
- It goes without saying that he loved " his great namesake," as he calls him, " Robert Burton, of melancholy and merry, of facete and juvenile memory." - "The Life of Sir Richard Burton", Thomas Wright.