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    Wink W.S.Gilbert

    I wnat to know the connotation of this quote :
    In short, whoever you may be,
    To this conclusion you'll agree,
    When everyone is somebody,
    Then no one's anybody.
    I can't understand it clearly, help me, please.

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    Welcome to the forum, love marmalade.

    In future , please indicate in your thread title (some of) the words you are asking about. 'When everybody is somebody - meaning?' would have been a useful title.
    You could then have noted in the post that these words were from a libretto by W S Gilbert.

    Gilbert is suggesting that when everybody is considered as somebody of importance, then nobody will stand out as being somebody of particular importance.

    In his own country, the President of Latvia, for example, is person of considerable importance. However, at a conference of European Union heads of state, then neither he nor any of the other 27 heads of state (all important in their own countries) stand out as being important.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Mar-2014 at 13:55.

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