When everyone is somebody then no one's anybody.
Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
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.
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!
Life's a pudding full of plums.
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.
It's love that makes the world go round.
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!
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.
Saturday afternoon, although occurring at regular and well-foreseen intervals, always takes this railway by surprise.
A man is but an ass
Who fights in a cuirass
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 love my fellow creatures - I do all the good I can - yet everybody says I'm such a disagreeable man!
Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.
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.
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
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
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!
He must study the knack
If he wants to make sure of his Jill!
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
Isn't your life extremely flat,With nothing to grumble at?
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