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Sarah Siddons
(1755-1831) born on
Jul 05
English actress, sculptor. She was one of the greatest of English tragic actresses, especially Lady MacBeth, 1785-1812.
         
   
F
. . . I believe one half of the world is born for the convenience of the other half . . .

R
. . . I know, by sad experience, with what difficulty a mind, weakened by long and uninterrupted suffering, admits hope, much less assurance.
A
The awful consciousness that one is the sole object of attention to that immense space . . . and on all sides round, may perhaps be imagined but can not be described, and never never to be forgotten . . .
N
Sorry am I to say, I have often observed that I have performed worst when I most ardently wished to do better than ever.
K
I pant for retirement and leisure, but am doomed to inexpressible and almost unsupportable hurry.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter to Hester Lynch Piozzi, 27 Aug 1794, in "Sarah Siddons, Portrait of an Actress," Ch. 5, by Roger Manvell, 1970.
R: Letter to Mrs. FitzHugh, 14 Jul 1801; in "Life of Mrs. Siddons," Vol. II by Thomas Campbell, 1834.
A: In "The Reminiscences of Sarah Kemble Siddons," 1824, ed. William Van Lennep, 1942.
N: Letter to Rev. Whalley, 16 Jul 1781; in "The Kembles," Vol. l, by Percy Fitzgerald, 1871.
K: Letter to Rev. Sedgwick Whalley, 21 Jun 1784; in "Life of Mrs. Siddons," Vol. II by Thomas Campbell, 1834.
   


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