It is proved...that things cannot be other than they are, for since everything was made for a purpose, it follows that everything is made for the best purpose.

Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?

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

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

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

Satire is fascinating stuff. It's deadly serious, and when politics begin to break down, there is a drift towards satire, because it's the only thing that makes any sense.

Satire is focused bitterness.

Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.

Men are more satirical from vanity than from malice.

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.

For years, reality has been nipping at the heels of satire.

Now, it's finally caught up. I don't need to make this stuff up.

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

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

The trouble with most comedians who try to do satire is that they are essentially brash, noisy and indelicate people who have to use a sledge hammer to smash a butterfly.

It is difficult not to write satire.

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.

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.

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. (Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, May 16, 1767)

All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay.

Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.

Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.

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.

The purpose of satire has been rightly stated as to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cosy half truth, and our job, as I see it, is to put it back again!

Hollywood is horrible... it's beyond satire.

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

I think up until the point when we started in the business, which was in the early '70s, most of the humor was political. The smart humor was political satire.

Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes.

What a satire is this on government! Everywhere they think they get their moneys worth, except for these.

Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.

Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.

You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.

By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.

It is said that truth comes from the mouths of fools and children: I wish every good mind which feels an inclination for satire would reflect that the finest satirist always has something of both in him.

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.

If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world.

There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.

Pornographers are the enemies of women only because our contemporary ideology of pornography does not encompass the possibility of change, as if we were the slaves of history and not its makers. Pornography is a satire on human pretensions.

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.

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.

Satire is what closes on Saturday night.

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.

A sitcom isn't usually the right tool for satire.

The journey of your first movie is not just beyond belief it can be truly beyond satire.

The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand.

And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song of commentary and satire, a song form which, after all, has become the main musical form of the whole human species.

It seems like there's a lot of people who just do not understand satire.

They think it's weird. There's people who just don't understand you portray something or just explore a character, it means you're condoning it, saying this is the way to live.

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

It struck me that working digitally with a small crew, I could lay out a general plan for Famous and hope for mistakes which would create something more than satire and something less than truthful reality.

We've managed to keep a spirit of fun, I guess, of urban satire and finding new and odd interesting angles to the ways of life to put on the stage.

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

The most brilliant satire of all time was 'A Modest Proposal' by Jonathan Swift.

You'll notice how everything got straightened out in Ireland within days of that coming out.

Satire doesn't effect change.

People say satire is dead. It's not dead; it's alive and living in the White House.

I realized over the years if I'm writing about humor, irony, satire, I much prefer to do that in English. And if there is sorrow, melancholy, longing, I much prefer to do that in Turkish. Each language has its own strength to me, and I feel connected and attached to both Turkish and English. I dream in more than one language.