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“I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.”
Saki, The Unbearable Bassington
tags: debt
“He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.”
H. H. Munro a
“The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.”
Saki, Reginald
“A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.”
H.H. Munro
“Find yourself a cup of tea,
the teapot is behind you.
Now tell me about
hundreds of things.”
Saki, The Complete Saki
tags: tea
“Romance at short notice was her specialty.”
Saki, The Open Window and Other Short Stories
“The cook was a good cook, as cooks go; and as cooks go, she went.”
Saki, The Complete 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, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.”
tags: cats
“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.”
“I hate posterity - it's so fond of having the last word.”
Saki, Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches
“To be clever in the afternoon argues that one is dining nowhere in the evening.”
Saki, Reginald
“I'm living so far beyond my means that we may almost be said to be living apart.”
Saki, The Unbearable Bassington
“The censorious said she slept in a hammock and understood Yeats's poems, but her family denied both stories.”
H.H. Munro (Saki), The Chronicles of Clovis
“I think oysters are more beautiful than any religion,' he resumed presently. 'They not only forgive our unkindness to them; they justify it, they incite us to go on being perfectly horrid to them. Once they arrive at the supper-table they seem to enter thoroughly into the spirit of the thing. There's nothing in Christianity or Buddhism that quite matches the sympathetic unselfishness of an oyster. ”
tags: food
“In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.”
Saki, The Square Egg And Other Sketches
“It follows that they never understood Reginald, who came down late to breakfast, and nibbled toast, and said disrespectful things about the universe. The family ate porridge, and believed in everything, even the weather forecast.”
Saki, The Complete Saki
“What do you think of human intelligence?" asked Mavis Pellington lamely.

"Of whose intelligence in particular?" asked Tobermory coldly.

"Oh, well, mine for instance," said Mavis with a feeble laugh.

"You put me in an embarrassing position," said Tobermory, whose tone and attitude certainly did not suggest a shred of embarrassment. "When your inclusion in this house-party was suggested Sir Wilfrid protested that you were the most brainless woman of his acquaintance, and that there was a wide distinction between hospitality and the care of the feeble-minded. Lady Blemley replied that your lack of brain-power was the precise quality which had earned you your invitation, as you were the only person she could think of who might be idiotic enough to buy their old car. You know, the one they call 'The Envy of Sisyphus,' because it goes quite nicely up-hill if you push it.”
tags: humor
“Mother, may I go and maffick,
Tear around and hinder traffic?”
H.H. Munro, The Complete 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.”
H.H. Munro, The Chronicles of Clovis
“The people of Crete unfortunately make more history than they can consume locally.”
“Miles away, down through an opening in the hills, he could catch glimpses of a road where motor-cars sometimes passed, and yet here, so removed from the arteries of the latest civilization, was a bat-haunted old homestead, where something unmistakably like witchcraft seemed to hold a very practical sway.”
H.H. Munro, The Chronicles of Clovis
“There is no easy in the world neither hard everything is the same in a way.”
“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, The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories
“Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.”
tags: humor
“There was something alike terrifying and piteous in the spectacle of these frail old morsels of humanity consecrating their last flickering energies to the task of making each other wretched. Hatred seemed to be the one faculty which had survived in undiminished vigor where all else was dropping into ordered and symmetrical decay.”
H.H. Munro, The Chronicles of Clovis
“Never,” wrote Reginald to his most darling friend, “be a pioneer. It's the Early Christian that gets the fattest lion.”
Saki, Reginald
“she looks as if she might have created the world in six days and destroyed it on the seventh.”
Hector Hugh Munro
“The young have aspirations that never comes to pass,the old have reminiscences of what never happened. It's only the middle-aged who are really conscious of their limitations - that is why one should be patient with them. But one never is.”
“Do one thing for me, Sredni Vashtar.”
H. H. Munro (Saki)
“When one has nothing left to one but memories, one guards and dusts them with especial care. ”
Saki, The Complete Saki: 144 Collected Novels and Short Stories

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