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The Gueghes are thickest and muscular, the Toskes slender and agile, both strong, vigorous and perhaps the finest race in Europe. The characteristics common to both peoples are love of independence, love of war, a revengeful spirit merging into ferocity. They are wild, plundering indefatigable soldiers, selling their services and their blood to those who pay them highest; but lively, gay adventurous, sober generous and heroic so soon as it concerns the defense of their country, their tribe, or their family. They are an iron race, as hard as the rocks they inhabit. They proved the most intrepid soldiers in the armies of Pyrrhus, of Alexander, Diocletian, Scanderbeg and lastly of the Sultans of Byzantium.
- by Lord Byron