Richard Brinsley Sheridan

(Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan)

Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • Born: October 30, 1751
  • Died: July 7, 1816
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Playwright









Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan was an Irish satirist, a playwright, 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). He is buried at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. His plays remain a central part of the canon and are regularly performed worldwide.

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A bumper of good liquor will end a contest quicker than justice, judge, or vicar. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Never say more than is necessary. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The newspapers! Sir, they are the most villainous — licentious — abominable — infernal — Not that I ever read them — no — I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper. Media, Journalism & The Press
The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed. Human Nature
The right honorable gentlemen is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in.
Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day.
Be just before you are generous.
Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.
Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike- no bail, no demurrer. Death
Do thou snatch treasures from my lips, and I'll take kingdoms back from thine.
Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.
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!
He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
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. Religion & God
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. Time ;Morning
I'm called away by particular business - but I leave my character behind me. Business, Commerce & Finance
Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked. Women
My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!
Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature. Nature
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. Time
That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.
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.
The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed. Failure
There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
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.
There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature.
Those that vow the most are the least sincere.
'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion.
To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief.
Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest.
You write with ease to show your breeding, but easy writing's curst hard reading.