William S. Gilbert Quotes

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 […]

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.