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

A popular speaker, however unpopular and insignificant, has only to wind up his speech with half-a-dozen lines of Shakespeare (and to make it clearly understood that they are Shakespeare's) and he will sit down amid thunders of applause.

From such a face and form as mine, the noblest sentiments sound like the black utterances of a depraved imagination! It's human nature! I'm resigned.

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.

Oh! my name is John Wellington Wells, I'm a dealer in magic and spells, in blessings and curses and ever-filled purses, in prophecies, witches, and knells. If you want a proud foe to "make tracks"? If you'd melt a rich uncle in wax? You've but to look in on our resident Djinn, Number seventy, Simmery Axe!

Things are seldom what they seem; skim milk masquerades as cream.

Against our wills, papa?against our wills!

Great Britain is that monarchy sublime, to which some add (but others do not) Ireland.

In enterprise of martial kind, when there was any fighting, he led his regiment from behind?He found it less exciting.

Oh, don't the days seem lank and long When all goes right and nothing goes wrong, And isn't your life extremely flat With nothing whatever to grumble at!

This particularly rapid, unintelligible patter isn't generally heard, and if it is it doesn't matter!

Ah, pray no mistake, We are not shy; We're very wide awake The Moon and I.

He did nothing in particular, and did it very well.

It is my duty, and I will It was their duty, and they did.

Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold and the mate of the Nancy brig, and a bo'sun tight and a midshipmite and the crew of the captain's gig.

Though the Philistines may jostle, you will rank as an apostle in the high aesthetic band,

Ah, take one consideration with another a policeman's lot is not a happy one!

He is an Englishman! For he himself has said it, and it's greatly to his credit, that he is an Englishman!.For he might have been a Rooshian a French or Turk or Proosian, or perhaps Itali-an. But in spite of all temptations to belong to other nations, he remains an Englishman.

It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs.

Oh, philosophers may sing of the troubles of a King, but of pleasures there are many and of worries there are none; and the culminating pleasure that we treasure beyond measure is the gratifying feeling that our duty has been done.

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,

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!

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.