W. S. Gilbert Quotes

W. S. Gilbert Quotes: After many unhappy experiments in the direction of an ideal Republic, it was found that what may be described as a Despotism tempered by Dynamite provides, on the whole, the most satisfactory description of ruler - an autocrat who dares not abuse his autocratic power.
Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest: Love, hopeless love, my ardent soul encumbers: Love, nightmare-like, lies heavy on my chest, And weaves itself into my midnight slumbers!
Oh! a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon,If you listen to popular rumour;From morning to night he's so joyous and bright,And he bubbles with wit and good humour!
Utopia's quite another land;In her enterprising movements,She is England--with improvements
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.
No good play is a success; fine writing and high morals are useless on the stage. I have been scribbling twaddle for thirty-five years to suit the public taste, and I should know.
He did nothing in particular, and did it very well.
When every blessed thing you have is made of silver, or of gold, you long for simple pewter.
Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.
When in that House MPs divide/If they've a brain and cerebellum, too/They've got to leave that brain outside/And vote just as their leaders tell 'em to.
Saturday afternoon, although occurring at regular and well-foreseen intervals, always takes this railway by surprise.
Then a sentimental passion of a vegetable fashion must excite yourlanguid spleen,An attachment a la Plato for a bashful young potato, or anot-too-French French bean!
If the jests that you crack have an orthodox smack,You may get a bland smile from these sages;But should it, by chance, be imported from France,Half-a-crown is stopped out of your wages!
Ah, pray no mistake, We are not shy; We're very wide awake The Moon and I.
You must lie upon the daisies and discourse in novel phrases of complicated state of mind. The meaning doesn't matter if it's only idle chatter of a transcendental kind.
If your master is surly, from getting up early(And tempers are short in the morning),An inopportune joke is enough to provokeHim to give you, at once, a month's warning.
The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.
To sit in solemn silence on a dull, dark dock in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock from a cheap and chippy chopper on a big, black block.
I know everybody's income and what everybody earns,And I carefully compare it with the income-tax returns
When the enterprising burglar isn't burgling; When the cut-throat isn't occupied in crime; He loves to hear the little brook a-gurgling; And listen to the merry village chime.