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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.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Wit larded with malice.
      - William Shakespeare

It is a pretty mocking of the life.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Painter at I, i)

Satirical writers and speakers are not half so clever as they think themselves, nor as they are thought to be. They do winnow the corn, it is true, but it is to feed upon the chaff. I am sorry to add that they who are always speaking ill of others are also very apt to be doing ill to them. It requires some talent and some generosity to find out talent and generosity in others, though nothing but self-conceit and malice are needed to discover or to imagine faults. It is much easier for an ill-natured man than for a good-natured man to be smart and witty.
      - James Sharp

Satire that is seasonable and just is often more effectual than law or gospel.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

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

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

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.
      - 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.
      - Sir Richard Steele

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

When dunces are satiric, I take it for a panegyric.
      - Jonathan Swift

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.
      - Jonathan Swift, The Battle of the Books

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

A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it.
  [Lat., Aspere facetiae, ubi nimis ex vero traxere,
    Acram sui memoriam relinquunt.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XV, 68)

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.
      - John Tillotson

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),
        Lettre a Bordes

Lampoons, like squibs, may make a present blaze; but time and thunder pay respect to bays.
      - 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.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Satirists do expose their own ill nature.
      - 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.
      - 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.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

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

Thou shining supplement of public law!
      - Edward Young

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