Richard Brinsley Sheridan

(1751 - 1816 / Ireland)

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Quotes

  • ''The Right Honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Quoted in Memoirs of the Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, vol. 2, Thomas Moore (1825). Reply to Dundas.
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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 (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Anthony Absolute, in The Rivals, act 1, sc. 2.
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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 phrenzy.''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Anthony Absolute, in The Rivals, act 2, sc. 1.
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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 (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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  • ''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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  • ''My valour is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Acres, in The Rivals, act 5, sc. 2 (1775).
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  • ''Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day.''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Acres, in The Rivals, act 2, sc. 1.
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  • ''An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance!''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Careless, in The School for Scandal, act 4, sc. 1, l. 91 (1777). Describing the portrait of Sir Oliver Surface.
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  • ''When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension.''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Faulkland, in The Rivals, act 2, sc. 1.
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  • ''Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Isaac Mendoza, in The Duenna, act 2, sc. 4, l. 62-3 (1775).
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Best Poem of Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Had I A Heart For Falsehood Framed

Had I a heart for falsehood framed,
I ne'er could injure you;
For though your tongue no promise claimed,
Your charms would make me true:
To you no soul shall bear deceit,
No stranger offer wrong;
But friends in all the aged you'll meet,
And lovers in the young.

For when they learn that you have blest
Another with your heart,
They'll bid aspiring passion rest,
And act a brother's part;
Then, lady, dread not here deceit,
Nor fear to suffer wrong;
For friends in all the aged you'll meet,
And lovers in the young.

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A Portrait

Tell me, ye prim adepts in Scandal’s school,
Who rail by precept, and detract by rule,
Lives there no character, so tried, so known,
So deck’d with grace, and so unlike your own,
That even you assist her fame to raise,
Approve by envy, and by silence praise!
Attend!—a model shall attract your view—
Daughters of calumny, I summon you!
You shall decide if this a portrait prove,

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