John Philip Kemble

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Kemble in 1802

John Philip Kemble ("J. P.") Kemble (February 1, 1757February 26, 1823) was an English actor. He was born into a theatrical family as the eldest son of Roger Kemble, actor-manager of a touring troupe. His elder sister Sarah Siddons achieved fame with him on the stage of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.


  • Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
    But—why did you kick me down stairs?
    • The Panel, Act i, Scene 1, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Altered from Isaac Bickerstaff's "'T is Well 't is no Worse"; also found in Debrett's "Asylum for Fugitive Pieces", vol. i., p. 15.
  • When you read the sacred Scriptures, or any other book, never think how you read, but what you read.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 40.
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