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Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels.

Blows are sarcasm's turned stupid.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

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.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

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 of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Out of the unconscious lips of babes and sucklings are we satirized.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Nothing is more discouraging than unappreciated sarcasm.

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Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.