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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Saki on aspirations, memory, old-age, reminiscence, posterity, humor, wit etc.

39 Great Quotes By Saki, The Master Of Short Stories

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer

Born On: December 18, 1870

Died On: November 13, 1916

Born In: Sittwe

Died At Age: 45

Saki (pen name of Hector Hugh Munro) was a British author and playwright. Renowned as the “Master of Short Stories”- he brilliantly combined wit and mischief in his writing with darker themes while mocking the Edwardian society and culture. He is often juxtaposed to Dorothy Parker and O. Henry. Influenced by legends such as Rudyard Kipling, Lewis Carroll and Oscar Wilde, he produced plays such as ‘The Interlopers’, ‘The Open Window’ and ‘The Westminster Alice’ (a parody of Alice in Wonderland). His work generally emphasized the hypocrisies and notions that were prevalent in the rule of King Edward. He believed that the Great Socialist Statesmen aren’t made but born. His work, thoughts, sayings and writings are loved by people of all genres. Here are few sayings and quotes by Saki on youth, goals, humor and life. This list of Saki's thoughts includes various subjects, and many of these quotes are inspirational and thought provoking. 
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He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.

Saki

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.

Saki

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.

Saki

Romance at short notice was her specialty.

Saki

Every reformation must have its victims. You can’t expect the fatted calf to share the enthusiasm of the angels over the prodigal’s return.

Saki

Find yourself a cup of tea, the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things.

Saki

The cook was a good cook, as cooks go; and as cooks go, she went.

Saki

I hate posterity - it's so fond of having the last word.

Saki

I'm living so far beyond my means that we may almost be said to be living apart.

Saki

The censorious said she slept in a hammock and understood Yeats's poems, but her family denied both stories.

Saki

To be clever in the afternoon argues that one is dining nowhere in the evening.

Saki

And the vagueness of his alarm added to its terrors; when once you have taken the Impossible into your calculations its possibilities become practically limitless.

Saki

Mother, may I go and maffick, Tear around and hinder traffic?

Saki

The people of Crete unfortunately make more history than they can consume locally.

Saki

...when once you have taken the Impossible into your calculations its possibilities become practically limitless...

Saki

There is no easy in the world neither hard everything is the same in a way.

Saki

Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.

Saki

In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.

Saki

Do one thing for me, Sredni Vashtar.

Saki

Never,” wrote Reginald to his most darling friend, “be a pioneer. It's the Early Christian that gets the fattest lion.

Saki

It was the happiest Christmas Eve he had ever spent. To quote his own words, he had a rotten Christmas.

Saki

But, good gracious, you've got to educate him first. You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school.

Saki

This story has no moral. If it points out an evil at any rate it suggests no remedy.

Saki

The fact of a leading organ of Evangelical thought being edited for two successive fortnights from Trouville and Monte Carlo was generally admitted to have been a mistake.

Saki

Neither man was talkative and each was grateful to the other for not being talkative. That is why from time to time they talked.

Saki

Never be a pioneer. It's the early Christian that gets the fattest lion.

Saki

I did it—I who should have known better. I persuaded Reginald to go to the McKillops’ garden-party against his will. We all make mistakes occasionally.

Saki

Addresses are given to us to conceal our whereabouts.

Saki

It was decorated with Japanese fans and Chinese lanterns, which gave it a very Old English effect.

Saki

I love Americans, but not when they try to talk French. What a blessing it is that they never try to talk English.

Saki

The English have a proverb, 'Conscience makes cowboys of us all'.

Saki

With us," said Reginald, "a Cabinet usually gets the credit of being depraved and worthless beyond the bounds of human conception by the time it has been in office about four years.

Saki

Clovis believed that if a lie was worth telling it was worth telling well.

Saki

Even the hooligan was probably invented in China centuries before we thought of him.

Saki

When one has nothing left to one but memories, one guards and dusts them with especial care.

Saki

Latimer Springfield was a rather cheerless, oldish young man, who went into politics somewhat in the spirit in which other people might go into half-mourning.

Saki

She looks as if she might have created the world in six days and destroyed it on the seventh.

Saki

Laurence was an artist-chap, just that and nothing more, though you might make it sound more important by calling him an animal painter;

Saki