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Quotes from Gilbert & Sullivan

The MikadoEdit

Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.

  1. "In Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado", Pooh-Bah put it thusly: Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative. We respond, with Pitti-Sing -- Corroborative detail indeed! Corroborative   fiddlestick!"  Prompt Foods Corp. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 1988-337, *42 n.25 (T.C. 1988) citing "The Mikado", The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan, p. 390, (New York: Modern Library).

The Pirates of PenzanceEdit

A paradox, a paradox, A most ingenius paradox!

  1. W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan, “When you had left our pirate fold,” in “The Pirates of Penzance” (1879). [Direct Bluebook Citation]
  2. "A paradox, a most ingenious paradox." Air Transp. Ass'n of Can. v. FAA, 323 F.3d 1093, 1098 (D.C. Cir. 2003)
  3. "A paradox, A paradox, A most ingenious paradox! " United States v. De Gross, 960 F.2d 1433, 1447 n.6 (9th Cir. Cal. 1992)
  4. "A paradox, a paradox, A most ingenious paradox!" Woodward Iron Co. v. United States, 396 F.2d 552, 553 & n.1 (5th Cir. 1968), citing Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance, Act II. 
  5. In the words of one well-known 19th century barrister, it is a paradox, a paradox, a most ingenious paradox." Kirk v. Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp., 1994 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9417 (E.D. Pa. July 7, 1994)
  6. "The potential for a most ingenious paradox is apparent." Am. Star Ins. Co. v. Ins. Co. of the W., 232 Cal. App. 3d 1320, 1331 (Cal. App. 4th Dist. 1991)
  7. " Like the unfortunate Frederic who was only five and a little bit over because he was born on February 29, we have here, in Sir William Gilbert's words in Pirates of Penzance, Act II, "A paradox? A paradox -- A most ingenious paradox. . . . At common sense she gayly mocks."  "Boone v. United States, 483 A.2d 1135, 1144 (D.C. 1984)
  8. "I am reminded of the lines from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance: "How quaint the ways of paradox. At common sense she gaily mocks . . . . A paradox, a paradox, a most ingenious paradox." "Ceco Corp. v. Maloney, 404 A.2d 935, 941 (D.C. 1979)
  9. "the result appears to present a "most ingenious paradox"" State v. Crocker, 95 Ore. App. 260, 264 (Or. Ct. App. 1989) citing Gilbert & Sullivan, "The Pirates of Penzance."

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