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The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people - that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.
The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.
Peter De Vries
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.
He has the obligation to society that any human being has. I don't think a satirist has any greater obligation to society than a bricklayer or anybody else.
I think I'm more of an absurdist than a satirist. I think I'm more of a - humanist? I hate to say it!
There's so much hate that we direct externally that we forget we have our own psychos. But that's the role of the satirist - you have to examine your own country and say, 'look!'
I'm a satirist, so I've got boxing gloves on if the person is worthy of satire. But I'm not an assassin.
I found that not having a public profile was not hurting the work, and it freed me up to be the satirist I wanted to be.
I'd rather call myself a mischief-maker, an imp, rather than a satirist. Satirist sounds so self important. Plus no one is calling himself an imp right now. It makes me feel special.
I'm not really a political satirist. I don't kid myself. I'm more interested in doing the mannerisms and the personality.
In a more intellectually rigorous age, I wouldn't be talked about as a satirist at all. I would just be a topical comedian.
A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly as possible in order to get relief.
John Dos Passos
The satirist is prevented by repulsion from gaining a better knowledge of the world he is attracted to, yet he is forced by attraction to concern himself with the world that repels him.
The political satirist usually votes against their own interests, but the bottom line is that it doesn't really matter.
Some critics of my work took the view that a satirist should defer to the finer feelings of his readers and respect widely held beliefs.
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