Top 51 Satire Quotes

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“Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.”

― Alexander Pope

“I’ve written quite a variety of songs, everything from kids songs to political satire, and my dad covered a fairly large range, also.”

― Arlo Guthrie

“The Irish and British, they love satire, it’s a large part of the culture.”

― Ben Nicholson

“Conventional show-biz savvy held that Americans hated to be the objects of satire.”

― Carroll O’Connor

“A sitcom isn’t usually the right tool for satire.”

― Chris Morris

“Social satire has been around since people have been around.”

― David Walliams

“Satire is people as they are; romanticism, people as they would like to be; realism, people as they seem with their insides left out.”

― Dawn Powell

“I like to write a lot of satire.”

― Earl King

“Tomorrow is a satire on today, And shows its weakness.”

― Edward Young

“It can take the uninitiated a minute to realize that ‘Gangnam Style’ is satire.”

― Evan Osnos

“I’ve never been much drawn towards satire of any kind.”

― Geoff Dyer

“’Charlie Hebdo’ had been nondenominational in its satire, sticking its finger into the sensitivities of Jews and Christians, too – but only Muslims responded with threats and acts of terrorism.”

― George Packer

“Satire is what closes on Saturday night.”

― George S. Kaufman

“I liked ‘Repo Man.’ Satire.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“Satire of satire tends to be self-canceling, and deliberate shock tactics soon lose their ability to shock, especially when they’re too deliberate.”

― Herb Caen

“As ‘Possession’ progresses, it seems less and less like the usual satire about academia and more like something by Jorge Luis Borges.”

― Jay Parini

“Occasionally, the horrors of life in North Korea do show up in our American satire.”

― Jennifer Armintrout

“But in terms of satire and comedy, our biggest and earliest influence was Mad magazine.”

― Jerry Zucker

“If you’re going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire, you can’t be politically correct when you do that.”

― John Cusack

“I like the George Romero films, which were really great, social satire movies; really twisted.”

― John Cusack

“’Veep’ is a great satire of democracy.”

― Jon Lovett

“If you’re going to give people 20 minutes of news satire, you’ve also got to give them Tiffani-Amber Thiessen or you’re going to have rioting in the streets.”

― Jon Stewart

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

― Jonathan Swift

“It is difficult not to write satire.”

― Juvenal

“Everybody should read ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ by Kurt Vonnegut. This book is about the hypocrisy of war, told in satire, and is hard-hitting and truthful.”

― Kalki Koechlin

“I love the satire and skewering of comedy writing.”

― Kristin Gore

“Satire is focused bitterness.”

― Leo Rosten

“Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.”

― Lord Byron

“Satire has been a sanctuary historically monopolized by progressives, originally used as a discreet tool against Western religious fundamentalism.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“How do we get a pantomime cow on set. Jeez, the rigours of satire.”

― Mel Smith

“You can’t debate satire. Either you get it or you don’t.”

― Michael Moore

“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 traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.”

― Molly Ivins

“When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel – it’s vulgar.”

― Molly Ivins

“Satire is a weapon, and it can be quite cruel.”

― Molly Ivins

“I would play hooky from school and spend all day in the movie theaters. Consequently, I learned satire in all its subtle forms.”

― Nile Rodgers

“Satire doesn’t effect change.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“A lot of French comedy is satire.”

― Pamela Druckerman

“Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.”

― Quintilian

“Satire, whether it be satire or not, everything has to have boundaries.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“Indonesian people don’t get satire; that’s the thing. There’s no thought in our humor.”

― Rich Brian

“Shelley Jackson’s ‘Half Life’ is the textual equivalent of an installation, a multivocal, polymorphous, dialogic, dystopian satire wrapped around a murder mystery wrapped around a bildungsroman.”

― Stacey D’Erasmo

“I came to Hollywood originally writing comedy and writing satire.”

― Stephen Gaghan

“Effective satire has to be almost identical to the subject that it is skewering.”

― T. J. Miller

“All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.”

― Theodor W. Adorno

“Political satire became obsolete when they awarded Henry Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize.”

― Tom Lehrer

“Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize.”

― Tom Lehrer

“I never wanted to do political satire because it seems too surface to me.”

― Tracey Ullman

“Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

“Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.”

― Voltaire

“Hollywood is horrible… it’s beyond satire.”

― Yahoo Serious
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