Satire Quotes

Satire is focused bitterness. Leo Rosten

The finest satire is that in which ridicule is combined with so little malice and so much conviction that it even rouses laughter in those who are hit. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Satires which the censor can understand are justly forbidden. Karl Kraus

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

In times like these it is difficult not to write satire. Juvenal

The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little – or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives. Anthony Trollope

A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly as possible in order to get relief. John Dos Passos

You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it. Art Buchwald

Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel – it’s vulgar. Molly Ivins

Satire is a lesson, parody is a game. Vladimir Nabokov