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W. S. Gilbert Quotes

(1836-1911), British Librettist

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.

Category: Ancestry

Things are seldom what they seem.

Category: Appearance

Down went the owners -- greedy men whom hope of gain allured: oh, dry the starting tear, for they were heavily insured.

Category: Disasters

The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.

Category: Dissatisfaction

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

Category: Elections

Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.

Category: Evolution

Matrimonial devotion doesn't seem to suit her notion.

Category: Fidelity

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

Category: Food And Eating

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

Category: Generals

You have no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself; and how little I deserve it.

Category: Inferiority

No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have; and I think he's a dirty little beast.

Category: Opinions

I love my fellow creatures -- I do all the good I can -- yet everybody says I'm such a disagreeable man!

Category: Philanthropists

My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.

Category: Pride