"Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Richard Brinsley Sheridan on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Richard Brinsley Sheridan on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Richard Brinsley Sheridan on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Richard Brinsley Sheridan on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Richard Brinsley Sheridan on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts."
"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."
"To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief."