Quotations From RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN

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  • 11.
    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 (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Puff, in The Critic, act 2, sc. 2.

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  • 12.
    Sure if I reprehend anything in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs.
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Mrs. Malaprop, in The Rivals, act 3, sc. 3 (1775). A "correct" version of this "malapropism" might be: "If I apprehend anything in this world, it is the use of my vernacular tongue, and a nice arrangement of epithets."

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  • 13.
    Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Lucius O'Trigger, in The Rivals, act 2, sc. 2.

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  • 14.
    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 phrenzy.
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Anthony Absolute, in The Rivals, act 2, sc. 1.
  • 15.
    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 (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Fretful Plagiary, in The Critic, act 1, sc. 1, l. 355-7 (1779). On not reading the reviewers.

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  • 16.
    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 (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Anthony Absolute, in The Rivals, act 1, sc. 2.

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