W. S. Gilbert, fully Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

W. S.
Gilbert, fully Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
1836
1911

English Dramatist, Librettist, Poet and Illustrator best known for collaborting with Sir Arthur Sullivan in 14 Comic Operas including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.

Author Quotes

An attachment … la Plato for a bashful young potato, or a not-too-French French bean!

I always voted at my party's call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all.

It's true I've got no shirts to wear, it's true my butcher's bill is due, it's true my prospects all look blue, but don't let that unsettle you! Never you mind! Roll on! (It roll on.)

On a tree by a river a little tomtit sang "Willow, titwillow, titwillow" and I said to him, "Dicky-bird, why do you sit singing ?Willow, titwillow, titwillow?'. "Is it weakness of intellect, birdie?" I cried, "Or a rather tough worm in your little inside?" With a shake of his poor little head he replied, "Oh, Willow, titwillow, titwillow!"

What, never? / No, never! / What, never? / Well, hardly ever!

Archibald: To understand this, it is not necessary to think of anything at all.

I am the Captain of the Pinafore ; And a right good captain too! . . . . And I'm never, never sick at sea! What, never? No, never! What never? Hardly ever! He's hardly ever sick at sea! Then give three cheers, and one cheer more, For the hardy Captain of the Pinafore!

Koko: But my position during the next month will be most unpleasant, most unpleasant! Nanki-Poo: Not nearly so unpleasant as mine at the end of it.

One of you may be Baptisto's son, for anything I know to the contrary; but the other is no less a personage than the only son of the late King of Barataria. ... And I trust ? I trust it was that one who slapped me on the shoulder and called me his man!

When everyone is somebody, then no one's anybody.

Art stopped short at the cultivated court of the Empress Josephine.

I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable. I can?t help it. I was born sneering.

Let us take it as it comes!

Pooh Bah: This professional conscientiousness is highly creditable to you, but it places us in a very awkward position. Koko: My good sir, the awkwardness of your position is grace itself compared with that of a man engaged in the act of cutting off his own head.

When I was a lad I served a term As office boy to an Attorney's firm. I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor, And I polished up the handle of the big front door. I polished up that handle so carefullee That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee! . . . . Stick close to your desks and never go to sea, And you all may be Rulers of the Queen's Navee!

As innocent as a new-laid egg.

I can tell a woman's age in half a minute ? and I do!

Life's a pudding full of plums; care's a canker that benumbs, wherefore waste our elocution on impossible solution? Life's a pleasant institution,

Roll on, thou ball, roll on through pathless realms of space, roll on!

When your process of extermination begins, let our deaths be as swift and painless as you can conveniently make them.

As is gloriously sung in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "H.M.S. Pinafore," in the words of W. S. Gilbert: "Things are seldom as they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream."

I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.

Man is nature's sole mistake.

Saphir: Let us think of nothing at all!

When you're lying awake with a dismal headache, and repose is taboo'd by anxiety, I conceive you may use any language you choose to indulge in, without impropriety.

Author Picture
First Name
W. S.
Last Name
Gilbert, fully Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
Birth Date
1836
Death Date
1911
Bio

English Dramatist, Librettist, Poet and Illustrator best known for collaborting with Sir Arthur Sullivan in 14 Comic Operas including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.