“The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That’s one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population — the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it’s the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it’s the fools that form the overwhelming majority.” - An Enemy of the People, 1882
Wkipedia states that a gobbet is an extract of text, or image, provided as a context for analysis, translation or discussion in an examination.
In the 2004 National Theatre play turned film The History Boys, the boys were up for Oxford and Cambridge and to prepare for this, their headmaster brought in a new teacher to polish their writing style and assure them a place in the sacred universities. He encouraged them to use gobbets, or in layman’s terms, quotations to lace their answers with.
I thought that apart from the idioms that I introduced recently, I’ll post some of my favorite gobbets here too.