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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

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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. 

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.

- Reginald, Saki

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.

- Saki

Romance at short notice was her specialty.

- The Open Window, 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.

- The Complete Saki, Saki

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

- The Complete Saki, Saki

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

- Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches, Saki

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

- The Unbearable Bassington, Saki

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

- The Chronicles of Clovis, Saki

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

- Reginald, 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.

- The Chronicles of Clovis, Saki

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

- The Complete Saki, 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.

- The Square Egg And Other Sketches, 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.

- Reginald, Saki

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

- The Toys of Peace, 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.

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, Saki

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

- The Unbearable Bassington, 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.

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, 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.

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, Saki

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

- The Complete Saki, 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.

- Reginald, Saki

Addresses are given to us to conceal our whereabouts.

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, Saki

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

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, Saki

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

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, 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.

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, 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.

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, 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.

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, Saki

Pluralism is a merciful narcotic.

- The Unbearable Bassington, 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;

- The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories, Saki