Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Irish playwright remembered for his satirical comedies of manners (1751-1816)

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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!
He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
He is the very pineapple of politeness!
Humanity is composed but of two categories, the invalids and the nurses.
Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.
My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!
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 frenzy.
The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.
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 -- the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.
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.
When of a gossiping circle it was asked, "What are they doing?" The answer was, "Swapping lies."
When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.
When you meet your antagonist, do everything in a mild and agreeable manner. Let your courage be as keen, but at the same time as polished, as your sword.

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