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!

— W. S. Gilbert

The most unforgettable W. S. Gilbert quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development

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.


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.


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


I'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.


Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.


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


Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.


Life's a pudding full of plums.


It's love that makes the world go round.


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.


What though I cannot meet my bills? What though I suffer toothache's ills? What though I swallow countless pills?


Things are seldom what they seem.


About W. S. Gilbert

Quotes 98 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Dramatist
Birthday October 16

Saturday afternoon, although occurring at regular and well-foreseen intervals, always takes this railway by surprise.


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


every Jack He must study the knack If he wants to make sure of his Jill!


If you give me your attention, I will tell you what I am: I'm a genuine philanthropist--all other kinds are sham. Each little fault of temper and each social defect In my erring fellow creatures, I endeavor to correct.


The Law is the true embodiment of everything that's excellent;

it has no kind of fault or flaw and I, my Lords, embody the Law.


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


Wherever valor true is found, true modesty will there abound.


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


There's fish in the sea, no doubt of it, As good as ever came out of it.


When Wellington thrashed Bonaparte, As every child can tell, The House of Peers, throughout the war, Did nothing in particular, And did it very well


If you're anxious to shine in the high aesthetic line as a man of culture rare, you must get up all the germs of the transcendental terms, and plant them everywhere.


In all the woes that curse our race there is a lady in the case.


I've an irritating chuckle, I've a celebrated sneer, I've an entertaining snigger, I've a fascinating leer; To everybody's prejudice I know a thing or two; I can tell a woman's age in half a minute--and I do


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.


I am the very model of a modern major general


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


Faint heart never won fair lady! Nothing venture, nothing win Blood is thick, but water's thin In for a penny, in for a pound It's Love that makes the world go 'round!


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


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.


Then a sentimental passion of a vegetable fashion must excite your languid spleen, An attachment a la Plato for a bashful young potato, or a not-too-French French bean!


If I can wheedle A knife or a needle, Why not a Silver Churn?


See how the Fates their gifts allot, For A is happy-B is not.

Yet B is worthy, I dare say, Of more prosperity than A.


When a felon s not engaged in his employment, Or maturing his felonious little plans, His capacity for innocent enjoyment Is just as great as any honest mans.


Is life a boon? If so, it must befall That Death, whene'er he call, Must call too soon.


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


When every one is somebody, Then no one's anybody!


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


Life's perhaps the only riddle That we shrink from giving up.


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.


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!


I accept refreshment at any hands, however lowly.


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!


Who knows but we may count among our intellectual chickens Like them an Earl of Thackeray and p'raps a Duke of Dickens


My object all sublime I shall achieve in time- To let the punishment fit the crime- The punishment fit the crime.


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.


And that singular anomaly, the lady novelist-- I don't think she'd be missed--I'm sure she'd not be missed!


I often think it's comical How Nature always does contrive That every boy and every gal That's born into the world alive Is either a little Liberal Or else a little Conservative!