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RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN
Irish orator, dramatist and politician
(1751 - 1816)
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A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in.
      - [Talking]

A night of fretful passion may consume
  All that thou bast of beauty's gentle bloom;
    And one distemper'd hour of sordid fear
      Print on thy brow the wrinkles of a year.
      - [Gambling]

A readiness to resent injuries is a virtue only in those who are slow to injure.
      - [Revenge]

A tale of scandal is as fatal to the credit of a prudent lady as a fever is generally to those of the strongest constitutions. But there is a sort of puny, sickly reputation, that is always ailing, yet will wither the robuster characters of a hundred prudes.
      - [Scandal]

Be just before you are generous.
      - [Generosity]

Believe that story false that ought not to be true.
      - [Scandal]

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

Darkness is fled. Now flowers unfold their beauties to the sun, and blushing kiss the beam he sends to wake them.
      - [Morning]

Fame, the sovereign deity of proud ambition.
      - [Fame]

For in religion as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere.
      - [Pretension]

Happiness is an exotic of celestial birth.
      - [Happiness]

Humanity always becomes a conqueror.
      - [Humanity]

If a daughter you have, she's the plague of your life,
  No peace shall you know though you've buried your wife!
    At twenty she mocks at the duty you taught her--
      Oh, what a plague is an obstinate daughter!
      - [Daughters]

If Parliament were to consider the sporting with reputation of as much importance as sporting on manors, and pass an act for the preservation of fame as well as game, there are many who would thank them for the bill.
      - [Slander]

If the thought is slow to come, a glass of good wine encourages it; and when it does come, a glass of good wine rewards it.
      - [Thought]

In all cases of slander currency, whenever the forger of the lie is not to be found, the injured parties should have a right to come on any of the indorsers.
      - [Slander]

In religion, as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere.
      - [Religion]

Is she not a wilderness of faults and follies?
      - [Faults]

It is by women that nature writes on the hearts of men.
      - [Influence]

Many a wretch has rid on a hurdle who has done less mischief than utterers of forged tales, coiners of scandal, and clippers of reputation.
      - [Rumor]

Men seldom think deeply on subjects in which they have no choice of opinion: they are fearful of encountering obstacles to their faith--as in religion--and so are content with the surface.
      - [Faith]

Nothing keeps me in such awe as perfect beauty; now, there is something consoling and encouraging in ugliness.
      - [Ugliness]

Our memories are independent of our wills.
      - [Memory]

Prudence, like experience, must be paid for.
      - [Prudence]

Remember, now, when you meet your antagonist, do everything in a mild, agreeable manner. Let your courage be as keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.
      - [Courage]


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