He was the very model of a Modern Surgeon General. He doesn't get an army or a navy or an arsenal There's no one who salutes him or who even keeps his coffee warm He spends his day at work, attaching ribbons to his uniform.
-(I didn't make this up, but can't remember where I heard it either...)
I am the very model of a modern Major-General. I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's; I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox, I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus, In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous; I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies, I know the croaking chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes!
- From "The Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan