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Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) quotes

18 December 1870 – 13 November 1916, British author

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

You needn't tell me that a man who doesn't love oysters and asparagus and good wines has
got a soul, or a stomach either. He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly
developed.
Saki

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

It's no use growing older if you only learn new ways of misbehaving yourself.
Saki

You can't expect a boy to be depraved until he has been to a good school.
Saki

Never be a pioneer: it's the Early Christian that gets the fattest lion.
Saki

Scandal is merely the compassionate allowance which the gay make to the humdrum. Think
how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.
Saki

He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
Saki

Canada is all right really, though not for the whole weekend.
Saki

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
Saki

A man must be a success by the time he's thirty, or never. Answer: To have reached thirty is
to have failed in life.
Saki

Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively
for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission to the impending visitation, the
kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.
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

I might have been a goldfish in a glass bowl for all the privacy I got.
Saki

It occurred to me that I would like to be a poet. The chief qualification, I understand is that
you must be born. Well, I hunted up my birth certificate, and found that I was all right on
that score.
Saki

We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other wedded couples they
sometimes live apart.
Saki

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

Great Socialist statesmen aren't made, they're still-born.
Saki

Hors d'oeuvres have always a pathetic interest for me; they remind me of one's childhood
that one goes through wondering what the next course is going to be like - and during the
rest of the menu one wishes one had eaten more of the hors d'oeuvres.
Saki

I believe I take precedence: you are merely the Club bore: I am the Club liar.
Saki

There is a strong strain of madness in our family: if you haven't noticed it yourself, all your
friends must have.
Saki

Beauty is only sin deep.
Saki

Poverty keeps together more homes than it breaks up.
Saki

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

All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who aren't respectable live
beyond other people's. A few gifted individuals manage to do both.
Saki

Once a female, always a female. Nature is not always infallible but she always abides by her
mistakes.
Saki

People talk vaguely about the innocence of a little child, but they take mighty good care not
to let it out of their sight for twenty minutes.
Saki

People yield more consideration to a mutilated mealtime than they ever would to a broken
heart.
Saki