Books about Satire
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Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
Lenny Bruce quoted in Performing and the Art of Comedy, The Essential Lenny Bruce (ed. John Cohen 1967)
You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it.
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 Ghost (bk. III, l. 943)
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 Charity (l. 490)
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 Satire upon a Printer
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 Prologue to Satires
Men are more satirical from vanity than from malice.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld Maxims (no. 508)
Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind reception it meets with in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.
Jonathan Swift The Battle of the Books (preface)
Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
French: La satire ment sur les gens de lettres pendant leur vie, et l'eloge ment apres leur mort.
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) Lettre a Bordes