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Born in October 30, 1751 / Died in July 7, 1816 / Ireland / English

Quotes by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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.
Those that vow the most are the least sincere.
Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day.
Do thou snatch treasures from my lips, and I'll take kingdoms back from thine.
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.
That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.
To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief.
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!
Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike- no bail, no demurrer.
Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse 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.
The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed.
There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature.
There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
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.
I'm called away by particular business - but I leave my character behind me.
A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in.
Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.
You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest.
Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.
Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.
Be just before you are generous.
'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion.
Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.