Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Quotes

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Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.

Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.

To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief.

To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief.

Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.

Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.

The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.

The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy. ---->>>

Be just before you are generous. ---->>>

The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed. ---->>>

A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in. ---->>>

My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands! ---->>>

Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike- no bail, no demurrer. ---->>>

A bumper of good liquor will end a contest quicker than justice, judge, or vicar. ---->>>

Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. ---->>>

He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts. ---->>>

You write with ease to show your breeding, but easy writing's curst hard reading. ---->>>

Those that vow the most are the least sincere. ---->>>

Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible. ---->>>

Do thou snatch treasures from my lips, and I'll take kingdoms back from thine. ---->>>

I'm called away by particular business - but I leave my character behind me. ---->>>

That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously. ---->>>

You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest. ---->>>

The glorious uncertainty of the law was a thing well known and complained of, by all ignorant people, but all learned gentleman considered it as its greatest excellency. ---->>>

There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person chooses to set about it. I'm sure I have as much forgot your poor, dear uncle, as if he had never existed; and I thought it my duty to do so. ---->>>

Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature. ---->>>

'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion. ---->>>

I mean, the question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again, night after night, but God knows the answer to that is, don't we all anyway; might as well get paid for it. ---->>>

Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day. ---->>>

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! ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Irish
Born: October 30, 1751
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Die: July 7, 1816
Occupation: Playwright
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Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (30 October 1751 – 7 July 1816) was an Irish satirist, a playwright and poet, and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He is known for his plays such as The Rivals, The School for Scandal, The Duenna, and A Trip to Scarborough. He was also a Whig MP for 32 years in the British House of Commons for Stafford (1780–1806), Westminster (1806–1807), and Ilchester (1807–1812) (wikipedia)