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It is certain that satirical poems were common at Rome from a very early period. The rustics, who lived at a distance from the seat of government, and took little part in the strife of factions, gave vent to their petty local animosities in coarse Fescennine verse. (Quote by - Thomas Babington Macaulay)

Satire is, indeed, the only sort of composition in which the Latin poets whose works have come down to us were not mere imitators of foreign models; and it is therefore the sort of composition in which they have never been excelled. (Quote by - Thomas Babington Macaulay)

Pointed satire runs him through and through. (Quote by - John Oldham)

Whose wound no salve can cure. Each blow doth leave A lasting sear, that with a poison eats Into the marrow of their fame, and lives; Th' eternal ulcer to their memories. (Quote by - Thomas Randolph)

Friendly satire may be compared to a fine lancet, which gently breathes a vein for health's sake. (Quote by - Samuel Richardson)

In fashionable circles general satire, which attacks the fault rather than the person, is unwelcome; while that which attacks the person and spares the fault is always acceptable. (Quote by - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter)

Satire that is seasonable and just is often more effectual than law or gospel. (Quote by - Henry Wheeler Shaw)

Satires and lampoons on particular people circulate more by giving copies in confidence to the friends of the parties, than by printing them. (Quote by - Richard Brinsley Sheridan)

No sword bites so fiercely as an evil tongue. (Quote by - Sir Philip Sidney)

For a young and presumptuous poet a disposition to write satires is one of the most dangerous he can encourage. It tempts him to personalities, which are not always forgiven after he has repented and become ashamed of them. (Quote by - Robert Southey)

The men of the greatest character in this kind were Horace and Juvenal. There is not, that I remember, one ill-natured expression in all their writings, not one sentence of severity, which does not apparently proceed from the contrary disposition. (Quote by - Sir Richard Steele)

It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues. (Quote by - Jonathan Swift)

When dunces are satiric, I take it for a panegyric. (Quote by - Jonathan Swift)

A bitter jest, when the satire comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind. (Quote by - Tacitus)

A little wit and a great deal of ill-nature will furnish a man for satire; but the greatest instance of wit is to commend well. (Quote by - John Tillotson)

Lampoons, like squibs, may make a present blaze; but time and thunder pay respect to bays. (Quote by - Edmund Waller)

In my youth I thought of writing a satire on mankind! but now in my age I think I should write an apology for them. (Quote by - Horace)

Satirists do expose their own ill nature. (Quote by - Isaac Watts)

As men neither fear nor respect what has been made contemptible, all honor to him who makes oppression laughable as well as detestable. Armies cannot protect it then; and walls which have remained impenetrable to cannon have fallen before a roar of laughter or a hiss of contempt. (Quote by - Edwin Percy Whipple)

The laughter which it creates is impish and devilish, the very mirth of fiends, and its wit the gleam and glare of infernal light. (Quote by - Edwin Percy Whipple)

Satire recoils whenever charged too high; round your own fame the fatal splinters fly. (Quote by - Edward Young)

Thou shining supplement of public law! (Quote by - Edward Young)

Satire is dependent on strong beliefs, and on strong beliefs wounded. (Quote by - Anita Brookner)

I'll publish, right or wrong: Fools are my theme, let satire be my song. (Quote by - Rochdale)

Difficile est saturam non scribere. It is difficult not to write satire. (Quote by - Juvenal)


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