When everyone is somebody, then no one's anybody.
He did nothing in particular, and did it very well.
Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
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'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.
It's love that makes the world go round.
Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.
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!
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!
No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have; and I think he's a dirty little beast.
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.
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.
Life's a pudding full of plums.
Oh, wouldn't the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at?
It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs.
Saturday afternoon, although occurring at regular and well-foreseen intervals, always takes this railway by surprise.
In all the woes that curse our race there is a lady in the case.
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.
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
A man is but an ass
Who fights in a cuirass
Roll on, thou ball, roll on!
Through pathless realms of Space,
Things are seldom what they seem.
He must study the knack
If he wants to make sure of his Jill!
The privilege and pleasure That we treasure beyond measure Is to run on little errands for the Ministers of State.
Isn't your life extremely flat,With nothing to grumble at?
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