You must lie upon the daisies and discourse In novel phrases of your complicated state of mind The meaning doesn’t matter If it’s only idle chatter of a transcendental kind, And everyone will say, As you walk your mystic way, “If this young man expresses himself In terms too deep for me Why, what a […]
William S. Gilbert Quotes
You’ve no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself – and how little I deserve it.
She may very well pass for forty-three In the dusk with a light behind her!
W. S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) was talking to a pretentious but musically illiterate woman who asked him, “Is Bach still composing?” Rather than say, “He’s been dead for more than a century,” Gilbert offered one of history’s Truly Great Replies: “No, madam, he is decomposing.”
As innocent as a new-laid egg.
I am the very model of a modern Major-General, I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral, I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical, I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical, About binomial theorem I’m teeming […]
I know everybody’s income and what everybody earns; And I carefully compare it with the income tax returns; But to benefit humanity however much I plan, Yet everybody says I’m such a disagreeable man! And I can’t think why!
Did nothing in particular, and did it very well.
Humor is a drug which it’s the fashion to abuse.
The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this and every country but his own.