Quotes Categories

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Quotes

(1751-1816), Anglo-Irish Dramatist

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.

Category: Absence

That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.

Category: Age And Aging

Here, my dear Lucy, hide these books. Quick, quick! Fling ''Peregrine Pickle'' under the toilette --throw ''Roderick Random'' into the closet --put ''The Innocent Adultery'' into ''The Whole Duty of Man''; thrust ''Lord Aimworth'' under the sofa! cram ''Ovid'' behind the bolster; there --put ''The Man of Feeling'' into your pocket. Now for them.

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Conflict

Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.

Category: Conscience

My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!

Category: Coward And Cowardice

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!

Category: Critics And Criticism

You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest.

Category: Debt

The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.

Category: Failure

An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance!

Category: Fathers

When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.

Category: Gossip

The right honorable gentlemen is indebted to his memory for his jokes and his imagination for his facts.

Category: Humor

Nay, but Jack, such eyes! such eyes! so innocently wild! so bashfully irresolute! Not a glance but speaks and kindles some thought of love! Then, Jack, her cheeks! her cheeks, Jack! so deeply blushing at the insinuations of her tell-tale eyes! Then, Jack, her lips! O, Jack, lips smiling at their own discretion! and, if not smiling, more sweetly pouting -- more lovely in sullenness! Then, Jack, her neck! O, Jack, Jack!

Category: Infatuation

I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning; I don't think so much learning becomes a young woman: for instance, I would never let her meddle with Greek, or Hebrew, or algebra, or simony, or fluxions, or paradoxes, or such inflammatory branches of learning; nor will it be necessary for her to handle any of your mathematical, astronomical, diabolical instruments; but... I would send her, at nine years old, to a boarding-school, in order to learn a little ingenuity and artifice: then, sir, she would have a supercilious knowledge in accounts, and, as she grew up, I would have her instructed in geometry, that she might know something of the contagious countries: this is what I would have a woman know; and I don't think there is a superstitious article in it.

Category: Learning

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.

Category: Libraries