It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs.
He did nothing in particular, and did it very well.
Life's a pudding full of plums.
I'm really very sorry for you all, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.
Oh, wouldn't the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at?
When everyone is somebody, then no one's anybody.
It's love that makes the world go round.
Deerstalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns.
Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have; and I think he's a dirty little beast.
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!
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 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!
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.
Saturday afternoon, although occurring at regular and well-foreseen intervals, always takes this railway by surprise.
Life is a joke that's just begun.
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!
No good play is a success; fine writing and high morals are useless on the stage. I have been scribbling twaddle for thirty-five years to suit the public taste, and I should know.
It's true I've got no shirts to wear;
It's true my butcher's bill is due;
It's true my prospects all look blue -
But don't let that unsettle you.
I know everybody's income and what everybody earns,
And I carefully compare it with the income-tax returns
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!
Man is nature's sole mistake.
My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.
Wherever valor true is found, true modesty will there abound.
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