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William Schwenk Gilbert (1836-1911)

British dramatist and librettist

It's love that makes the world go round!

W.S. GILBERT, Iolanthe

For duty, duty must be done;
The rule applies to everyone.

W.S. GILBERT, Ruddigore

If a man can't forge his own will, whose will can he forge?

W.S. GILBERT, Ruddigore

I see no objection to stoutness, in moderation.

W.S. GILBERT, Iolanthe

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

W.S. GILBERT, The Yeomen of the Guard

Man is Nature's sole mistake.

W.S. GILBERT, Princess Ida

Life is a joke that's just begun.

W.S. GILBERT, The Mikado

When every blessed thing you hold
Is made of silver, or of gold,
You long for simple pewter.

W.S. GILBERT, The Gondoliers

Faint heart never won fair lady!

W.S. GILBERT, Iolanthe

Oh! to be wafted away
From this black Aceldama of sorrow,
Where the dust of an earthy to-day,
Makes the earth of a dusty to-morrow.

W. S. GILBERT, "Heart-Foam", Patience

All bayonets are bad.

W.S. GILBERT, Ruddigore

I accept refreshment at any hands, however lowly.

W.S. GILBERT, The Mikado

Things are seldom what they seem,
Skim milk masquerades as cream.

W.S. GILBERT, H.M.S. Pinafore


W.S. Gilbert: Poems - an index of Gilbert's poetry.

W.S. Gilbert Bibliography - a bibliography of Gilbert's works, including a list of critical resources.

H.M.S. Pinafore - a synopsis of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical.

H.M.S. Pinafore - a brief history of the musical.

The Mikado - a synopsis of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical.

The Mikado - a brief history of the musical.

The Pirates of Penzance - a synopsis of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical.

The Pirates of Penzance - a brief history of the musical.

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