Top 10 Sarcastic Quotes, January 2016 ed.

AnaSpoke mentioned {via Twitter!} it was too bad that after the Top Ten Great Quotes there wasn’t a Top 10 sarcastic quotes.

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I thought that this would be just a quick recall exercise of sarcastic quotes that were real zingers. While there are a vast many more, I found that as I looked up and verified quotes, I got drawn back into the stories I loved. I started thinking about how a list of admirable quotes would be more admirable, and yet, a few zingers — whether to a character in the story or a reader — can still spark thought. Imagination. Writing.


There are a good many more {thus the January 2016 ed., even though it’s now February 2016, *sigh*}. Too many books, never enough time…

In no particular order, here we go:

  1. “Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. ‘Ghosts are transparent,’ ” Severus Snape, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, JK Rowling
  2. “Come on back and we’ll see if you remember the simplest thing of all – how it is to be children, secure in belief and thus afraid of the dark,” IT, Stephen King
  3. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which,” Animal Farm, George Orwell
  4. “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, gravely, “and go till you come to an end; then stop,” King of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  5. “I may have lost my heart, but not my self control,” Emma, Emma, Jane Austin
  6. “Turtles don’t feel stupid,” said Jem. “Were you ever a turtle, huh?” To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  7. “Why, thou sayest well. I do now remember a saying, ‘The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool,” Touchstone, As You Like It, William Shakespeare
  8. “I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it?” Clarisse McClellan, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  9. “I don’t know half of you as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve,” Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. “To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing,” Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

What is your favorite sarcastic line in a book?

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8 thoughts on “Top 10 Sarcastic Quotes, January 2016 ed.

  1. Ah,what a delightful post! 🙂
    I love George Orwell’s one.I read the book sometimes back.. and found the whole book one anthology of sarcasms.From assigning the role of leaders to pigs, to the role of horse as the daily worker.. it beautifully blends the social insights through the animal characters.

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