W.S. Gilbert Quotes

Top 62 wise famous quotes and sayings by W.S. Gilbert

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W.S. Gilbert quotes: I am an acquired taste. I am an acquired taste.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Life is a joke that's just begun. Life is a joke that's just begun.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have, and I think he's a dirty little beast. No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have, and I think he's a dirty little beast.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: If I can wheedleA knife or a needle,Why not a Silver Churn? If I can wheedle
A knife or a needle,
Why not a Silver Churn?
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Bless your heart, they don't mindthey're exceedinglykindThey don't blame youas long as you're funny! Bless your heart, they don't mind
they're exceedingly
kind
They don't blame you
as long as you're funny!
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Bind up their wounds - but look the other way. Bind up their wounds - but look the other way.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold,And the mate of the Nancybrig,And a bos'sun tight, and a midshipmite,And the crew of the captain's gig! Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold,
And the mate of the Nancybrig,
And a bos'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
And the crew of the captain's gig!
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved. Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: I am a courtier grave and serious Who is about to kiss your hand: Try to combine a pose imperious With a demeanour nobly bland. I am a courtier grave and serious Who is about to kiss your hand: Try to combine a pose imperious With a demeanour nobly bland.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: He led his regiment from behind. He found it less exciting. He led his regiment from behind. He found it less exciting.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: I love my fellow creatures - I do all the good I can - yet everybody says I'm such a disagreeable man! I love my fellow creatures - I do all the good I can - yet everybody says I'm such a disagreeable man!
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative. Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Posterity will know as little of me as I know of posterity. Posterity will know as little of me as I know of posterity.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: On my face extended flatI was walloped with a catFor listening at the key-hole of the door. On my face extended flat
I was walloped with a cat
For listening at the key-hole of the door.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: CHORUSWhat, never?CAPTAINNo, never!CHORUSWhat, never?CAPTAINWell, hardly ever! CHORUS
What, never?

CAPTAIN
No, never!

CHORUS
What, never?

CAPTAIN
Well, hardly ever!
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Society has quite forsaken all her wicked courses,Which empties our police courts, and abolishes divorces. Society has quite forsaken all her wicked courses,
Which empties our police courts, and abolishes divorces.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Wherever valor true is found, true modesty will there abound. Wherever valor true is found, true modesty will there abound.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Things are seldom what they seem. Things are seldom what they seem.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Spurn not the nobly born with love affected; nor treat with virtuous scorn the well connected. Spurn not the nobly born with love affected; nor treat with virtuous scorn the well connected.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Ah, pray no mistake, We are not shy; We're very wide awake The Moon and I. Ah, pray no mistake, We are not shy; We're very wide awake The Moon and I.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Who knows but we may count among our intellectual chickensLike them an Earl of Thackeray and p'raps a Duke ofDickens Who knows but we may count among our intellectual chickens
Like them an Earl of Thackeray and p'raps a Duke of
Dickens
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Poverty is obsolete and hunger is abolished Poverty is obsolete and hunger is abolished
W.S. Gilbert quotes: I am a child of Nature, and take after my mother. I am a child of Nature, and take after my mother.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Roll on, thou ball, roll on!Through pathless realms of Space Roll on, thou ball, roll on!
Through pathless realms of Space
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Let the punishment fit the crime. Let the punishment fit the crime.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: The meaning doesn't matter if it's only idle chatter of a transcendental kind. The meaning doesn't matter if it's only idle chatter of a transcendental kind.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Oh, wouldn't the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at? Oh, wouldn't the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at?
W.S. Gilbert quotes: When everyone is somebody, then no one's anybody. When everyone is somebody, then no one's anybody.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: When every blessed thing you have is made of silver, or of gold, you long for simple pewter. When every blessed thing you have is made of silver, or of gold, you long for simple pewter.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: All bayonets are bad. All bayonets are bad.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Life's perhaps the only riddle That we shrink from giving up. Life's perhaps the only riddle That we shrink from giving up.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: And that singular anomaly, the lady novelistI don't think she'd be missedI'm sure she'd not bemissed! And that singular anomaly, the lady novelist
I don't think she'd be missed
I'm sure she'd not be
missed!
W.S. Gilbert quotes: The privilege and pleasure That we treasure beyond measure Is to run on little errands for the Ministers of State. The privilege and pleasure That we treasure beyond measure Is to run on little errands for the Ministers of State.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: There's fish in the sea, no doubt of it, As good as ever came out of it. There's fish in the sea, no doubt of it, As good as ever came out of it.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: What though I cannot meet my bills?What though I suffer toothache's ills?What though I swallow countless pills? What though I cannot meet my bills?
What though I suffer toothache's ills?
What though I swallow countless pills?
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns. Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: So I fell in love with a rich attorney'sElderly ugly daughter. So I fell in love with a rich attorney's
Elderly ugly daughter.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: I'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances. I'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: My object all sublime I shall achieve in time- To let the punishment fit the crime- The punishment fit the crime. My object all sublime I shall achieve in time- To let the punishment fit the crime- The punishment fit the crime.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Wafted by a favouring galeAs one sometimes is in trances,To a height that few can scale,Save by long and weary dances Wafted by a favouring gale
As one sometimes is in trances,
To a height that few can scale,
Save by long and weary dances
W.S. Gilbert quotes: Isn't your life extremely flat,With nothing to grumble at? Isn't your life extremely flat,With nothing to grumble at?
W.S. Gilbert quotes: I see no objection to stoutness, in moderation. I see no objection to stoutness, in moderation.
W.S. Gilbert quotes: I accept refreshment at any hands, however lowly. I accept refreshment at any hands, however lowly.