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"Hector Hugh Munro", better known by the pen name "Saki", and also frequently as "H. H. Munro", was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirize Edwardian era/Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story, and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward and P. G. Wodehouse.

Besides his short stories (which were first published in newspapers, as was customary at the time, and then collected into several volumes), he wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with Charles Maude; two one-act plays; a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire, the only book published under his own name; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington; the episodic The Westminster Alice (a Parliament of the United Kingdom/parliamentary parody of Alice in Wonderland); and When William Came, subtitled A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns, a fantasy about a invasion literature/future German invasion and occupation of Britain.

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It is one of the consolations of middle-aged reformers that the good they inculcate must live after them if it is to live at all.

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

There may have been disillusionments in the lives of the medieval saints, but they would scarcely have been better pleased if they could have foreseen that their names would be associated nowadays chiefly with racehorses and the cheaper clarets.

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

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

Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.

Addresses are given to us to conceal our whereabouts.

He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.

We will be taking the matter to the African Commission, ... We are in the process of preparing heads of argument. Our greatest concern is that the constitutional amendment takes away the duties of the courts, violates property rights and empowers the government to take away passports.

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