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Simonides, a poet famous in his generation, is, I think, author of the oldest satire that is now extant, and, as some say, of the first that was ever written. (Quote by - Joseph Addison)

He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory. (Quote by - Francis Bacon)

Her caustic manner of speaking of friends as well as foes caused Madame du Deffand to be compared to the physician who said: "My friend fell sick--I attended him; he died--I dissected him." (Quote by - J.A. Bent)

Satire often proceeds less from ill nature than a desire to display wit. (Quote by - Lady Marguerite Blessington)

By satire kept in awe, shrink from ridicule, though not from law. (Quote by - Lord Byron)

Satire is the disease of art. (Quote by - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort)

Though folly, robed in purple, shines, Though vice exhausts Peruvian mines, Yet shall they tremble and turn pale When satire wields her mighty flail. (Quote by - Charles Churchill)

To lash the vices of a guilty age. (Quote by - Charles Churchill)

When satire flies abroad on falsehood's wing, Short is her life, and impotent her sting; But when to truth allied, the wound she gives Sinks deep, and to remotest ages lives. (Quote by - Charles Churchill)

Most satirists are indeed a public scourge; Their mildest physic is a farrier's purge; Their acrid temper turns, as soon as stirr'd, The milk of their good purpose all to curd. Their zeal begotten, as their works rehearse, By lean despair upon an empty purse. (Quote by - William Cowper)

Undeserved merit is satire. (Quote by - Samuel Sullivan Cox)

In general satire, every man perceives A slight attack, yet neither fears nor grieves. (Quote by - George Crabbe)

You must not think that a satiric style allows of scandalous and brutish words; the better sort abhor scurrility. (Quote by - Wentworth Dillon)

The feathered arrow of satire has oft been wet with the heart's blood of its victims. (Quote by - Benjamin Disraeli)

Satire among the Romans, but not among the Greeks, was a bitter invective poem. (Quote by - John Dryden)

Satire is a kind of poetry in which human vices are reprehended. (Quote by - John Dryden)

The end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction; and he who writes honestly is no more an enemy to the offender than the physician to the patient when he prescribes harsh remedies. (Quote by - John Dryden)

Of satires I think as Epictetus did, "If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it." By dint of time and experience I have learned to be a good post-horse; I go through my appointed daily stage, and I care not for the curs who bark at me along the road. (Quote by - Frederick)

Wycherley in his writings is the sharpest satirist of his time, but in his nature he has all the softness of the tenderest dispositions. In his writings he is severe, bold, undertaking; in his nature, gentle, modest, inoffensive. (Quote by - George Granville)

Of a bitter satirist it might be said that the person or thing on which his satire fell shriveled up as if the devil had spit on it. (Quote by - Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Satire is a composition of salt and mercury; and it depends upon the different mixture and preparation of these ingredients, that it comes out a noble medicine or a rank poison. (Quote by - Lord Francis Jeffrey)

In the present state of the world it is difficult not to write lampoons. (Quote by - Juvenal)

Among those who are able to understand it, satire has a power of fascination that no other written thing possesses. (Quote by - Stanley Lane-Poole)

Satire is at once the most agreeable and most dangerous of mental qualities. It always pleases when it is refined, but we always fear those who use it too much; yet satire should be allowed when unmixed with spite, and when the person satirized can join in the satire. (Quote by - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld)

Truth is quite beyond the reach of satire. There is so brave a simplicity in her that she can no more be made ridiculous than an oak or a pine. (Quote by - James Russell Lowell)


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