Satire Quotes


  • Satire is a kind of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.
    o Jonathan Swift, The Battle of the Books (1704).

  • Satire, by being levelled at all, is never resented for an offence by any.
    o Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub (1704).


  • In its essence the purpose of satire – whether verse or prose – is aggression … Satire has a great big blaring target. If successful, it blasts a great big hole in the center.
    o Wyndham Lewis, Not on the Verse-Satire.

  • Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
    Wound with a touch that’s scarcely felt or seen.
    o Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, To the Imitator of the First Satire of Horace, Book ii.

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