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Why should we fear; and what? The laws? They all are armed in virtue's cause; And aiming at the self-same end, Satire is always virtue's friend.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: Ghost (bk. III, l. 943)

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It is difficult not to write satire. [Lat., Difficile est satiram non scribere.]

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) Quotes , Source: Satires (I, 29)

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Satire or sense, alas! Can Sporus feel? Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 307), (Sporus is Lord John Hervey)

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Satire is what closes Saturday night.

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) Quotes , Source: Satires (I, 29)

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I'll publish, right or wrong: / Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.

Lord Byron Quotes

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And especially, especially, don't f*ck with vegans. Do not look vegans in the eye. If you get into an argument with a vegan, say "I'm wrong", and run away as fast as you can. Do not f*ck with vegans because they will f*ck you up... BECAUSE THEY'RE HUNGRY.

Margaret Cho Quotes

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Unless a love of virtue light the flame, Satire is, more than those he brands, to blame; He hides behind a magisterial air He own offences, and strips others' bare.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Charity (l. 490)

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The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.

James Joyce Quotes , Source: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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Men are more satirical from vanity than from malice.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maxims (no. 508)

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Satire should, like a polished razor keen, Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen. Thine is an oyster knife, that hacks and hews; The rage but not the talent to abuse.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Quotes , Source: To the Imitator of the First Satire of Horace, (Pope)

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I wear my Pen as others do their Sword. To each affronting sot I meet, the word Is Satisfaction: straight to thrusts I go, And pointed satire runs him through and through.

John Oldham Quotes , Source: Satire upon a Printer (l. 35)

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Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike; Alike reserv'd to blame, or to commend, A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 201)

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There are, to whom my satire seems too bold; Scarce to wise Peter complaisant enough, And something said of Chartres much too rough.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Second Book of Horace (satire I, l. 2)

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Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet To run amuck and tilt at all I meet.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Second Book of Horace (satire I, l. 71)

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It is a pretty mocking of the life.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Painter at I, i)

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Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.

Jonathan Swift Quotes , Source: The Battle of the Books

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Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die. [Fr., La satire ment sur les gens de lettres pendant leur vie, et l'eloge ment apres leur mort.]

Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire) Quotes , Source: Lettre a Bordes

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