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 :: 1751-1816, Anglo-Irish Dramatist

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'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Marriage]

 

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An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance!
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Fathers]

 

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Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Swearing]

 

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Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Conscience]

 

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Easy writings curse is hard reading.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Writers and Writing]

 

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For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Memory]

 

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He is the very pineapple of politeness!
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Manners]

 

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Here, my dear Lucy, hide these books. Quick, quick! Fling ''Peregrine Pickle'' under the toilette --throw ''Roderick Random'' into the closet --put ''The Innocent Adultery'' into ''The Whole Duty of Man''; thrust ''Lord Aimworth'' under the sofa! cram ''Ovid'' behind the bolster; there --put ''The Man of Feeling'' into your pocket. Now for them.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Books and Reading]

 

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I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience -- it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Theater]

 

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I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning; I don't think so much learning becomes a young woman: for instance, I would never let her meddle with Greek, or Hebrew, or algebra, or simony, or fluxions, or paradoxes, or such inflammatory branches of learning; nor will it be necessary for her to handle any of your mathematical, astronomical, diabolical instruments; but... I would send her, at nine years old, to a boarding-school, in order to learn a little ingenuity and artifice: then, sir, she would have a supercilious knowledge in accounts, and, as she grew up, I would have her instructed in geometry, that she might know something of the contagious countries: this is what I would have a woman know; and I don't think there is a superstitious article in it.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Learning]

 

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Madam, a circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge; it blossoms through the year. And depend on it that they who are so fond of handling the leaves, will long for the fruit at last.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Libraries]

 

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Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Modesty]

 

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My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Coward and Cowardice]

 

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Nay, but Jack, such eyes! such eyes! so innocently wild! so bashfully irresolute! Not a glance but speaks and kindles some thought of love! Then, Jack, her cheeks! her cheeks, Jack! so deeply blushing at the insinuations of her tell-tale eyes! Then, Jack, her lips! O, Jack, lips smiling at their own discretion! and, if not smiling, more sweetly pouting -- more lovely in sullenness! Then, Jack, her neck! O, Jack, Jack!
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Infatuation]

 

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Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Pity]

 

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Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Conflict]

 

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Take care; you know I am compliance itself, when I am not thwarted! No one more easily led, when I have my own way; but don't put me in a frenzy.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Temper]

 

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That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Age and Aging]

 

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The right honorable gentlemen is indebted to his memory for his jokes and his imagination for his facts.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan - [Humor]

 

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