Richard Brinsley Sheridan biography

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Statesman, Author

1751 – 1816


Who was Richard Brinsley Sheridan?

Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan was an Irish playwright and poet and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He is known for his plays such as The Rivals, The School for Scandal and A Trip to Scarborough. For thirty-two years he was also a Whig Member of the British House of Commons for Stafford, Westminster and Ilchester. He was buried at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.

Famous Quotes:

  • He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
  • Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.
  • He is the very pineapple of politeness!
  • 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.
  • My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!
  • 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.
  • The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.


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Oct 30, 1751
Also known as
  • Richard Sheridan
  • Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan
  • R. B. Sheridan
  • Richard B. Sheridan
  • Anglicanism
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Harrow School
Lived in
  • County Dublin
  • Dublin
Jul 7, 1816
Resting place
Westminster Abbey

on July 23, 2013

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