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A little wit and a great deal of ill nature will furnish a man for satire; but the greatest instance and value of wit is to commend well.

A satire should expose nothing but what is corrigible, and should make a due discrimination between those that are, and those that are not the proper objects of it.

Arrows of satire, feathered with wit, and wielded with sense, fly home to their mark.

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 that have remained impenetrable to cannon have fallen before a roar of laughter or a hiss of contempt.

By satire kept in awe, they shrink from ridicule, though not from law.

Curst be the verse how well so'er it flow, that tends to make one worthy man my foe, gives virtue scandal, innocence a fear, or from the soft-eyed virgin steals a tear.

In fashionable circles, satire which attacks the fault, rather than the person, is unwelcome; while that which attacks the person and spares the fault is always acceptable.

In the present state of the world it is difficult not to write lampoons.

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

It is much easier for an ill-natured, than for a good-natured man to be witty; but the most gifted men are the least addicted to depreciate either friends or foes. - Your shrewd, sly, wit-speaking fellow is generally a shallow personage, and frequently he is as venomous and false when he flatters as when he reviles.

Lampoons and satires, that are written with wit and spirit, are like poisoned darts, which not only inflict a wound, but make it incurable.

No sword bites so fiercely as an evil tongue.

Of a bitter satirist - Swift, for instance - it might be said, that the person or thing on which his satire fell shrivelled up as if the devil had spit on it.

Of satires I think as Epictetus did: "If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it." By dint of time and experience I have learned to be a good post-horse; I go through my appointed daily stage, and care not for the eurs who bark at me along the road.

Satire is a composition of salt and mercury; and it depends upon the different mixture and preparation of those ingredients, that it comes out a noble medicine, or a rank poison.

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for the reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.

Satire should, like a polished razor, keen, wound with a touch that is scarcely felt or seen.

Satire! thou shining supplement of public laws.

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

Satirical writers and talkers are not half so clever as they think themselves, or as they are thought to be. - They do winnow the corn, it is true, but it is to feed on the chaff. - It requires talent and generosity to find out talent and generosity in others, but only self-conceit and malice are needed to discover or imagine faults.


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