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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. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Conflict
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. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Temper
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. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Books and Reading
That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Age and Aging
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 - Absence
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. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Theater
He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Memory
You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Debt
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. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Learning
The right honorable gentlemen is indebted to his memory for his jokes and his imagination for his facts. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Humor
He is the very pineapple of politeness! ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Manners
Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Pity
When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Gossip
Those that vow the most are the least sincere. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Sincerity
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. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Widowhood
My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands! ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Coward and Cowardice
Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Swearing
'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Marriage
Easy writings curse is hard reading. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Writers and Writing
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. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Malice
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! ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Infatuation
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 - Libraries
Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Modesty
The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Failure
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Conscience
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 - Critics and Criticism
An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance! ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan - Fathers

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