When everyone is somebody then no one's anybody.
Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
I'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.
He did nothing in particular, and did it very well.
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."
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!
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.
It's love that makes the world go round.
Life's a pudding full of plums.
No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have; and I think he's a dirty little beast.
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!
Saturday afternoon, although occurring at regular and well-foreseen intervals, always takes this railway by surprise.
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.
Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.
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
Oh, wouldn't the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at?
Roll on, thou ball, roll on!
Through pathless realms of Space
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.
The privilege and pleasure That we treasure beyond measure Is to run on little errands for the Ministers of State.
He must study the knack
If he wants to make sure of his Jill!
Isn't your life extremely flat,With nothing to grumble at?
Wherever valor true is found, true modesty will there abound.
The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.
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