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Richard Brinsley Sheridan

(1751 - 1816 / Ireland)

Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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Richard Brinsley Sheridan, third son of Thomas and Frances Sheridan, was born in Dublin.
At the age of eleven he was sent to Harrow school. Sheridan was extremely popular at school. He left Harrow at the age of seventeen, and was placed under the care of a tutor. He was also trained by his father in daily elocution, and put through a course of English reading. He had fencing and riding lessons at Angelo's. He kept up correspondence with his school friend N.B Halhed and they published in 1771 metrical translations of Aristaenetus.
The removal of the family to Bath in 1770-1771 led to an acquaintance with the daughters of the composer Thomas Linley. Thomas Linley's elder daughter, ... more »

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  • ''The Right Honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Quoted in Memoirs of the Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, vol. 2, Thomas Moore (1825)....
  • 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 f...
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Anthony Absolute, in The Rivals, act 1, sc. 2.
  • ''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 phrenzy.''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Anthony Absolute, in The Rivals, act 2, sc. 1.
  • ''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 (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Fretful Plagiary, in The Critic, act 1, sc. 1, l. 355-7 (1779). On not reading t...
  • ''Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.''
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Sir Lucius O'Trigger, in The Rivals, act 2, sc. 2.
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