Quotations by Gilbert, W. S.


Sir, Sunday morning, although recurring at regular and well-foreseen intervals, always seems to take this railway by surprise.

W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) English playwright [William Schwenck Gilbert]
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Letter of complaint to the station manager
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You’ve no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself — and how little I deserve it.

W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) English playwright [William Schwenck Gilbert]
Ruddigore, Act I (1887)
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The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own.

W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) English playwright [William Schwenck Gilbert]
The Mikado
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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 with a lot o’ news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
I’m very good at integral and differential calculus;
I know the scientific names of beings animalculous:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) English playwright [William Schwenck Gilbert]
The Pirates of Penzance (1879) [music by Arthur Sullivan]
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Is life a boon?
If so, it must befall
That Death, when ere he call
Must call too soon.
Though fourscore years give
Yet one would pray to live
Another moon.

W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) English playwright [William Schwenck Gilbert]
The Yeomen of the Guard, Act 1, No. 5 [Col. Fairfax] (1888) [with Arthur Sullivan, comp.]
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