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I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution. Jonathan Swift
You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it. Art Buchwald
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. George Carlin
Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize. Tom Lehrer
Bad times for the Republic are great times for satire. Doug Marlett
Everybody in Washington works for me. Art Buchwald
The fact that you needed to know was not known at the time that the now known need to know, was known. Therefore, those that needed to advise and inform the Home Secretary perhaps felt the information he needed as to whether to inform the highest authority of the known information was not yet known and therefore there was no authority for the authority to be informed because the need to know was not, at that time, known or needed. Jonathan Lynn; Antony Jay
I didn’t make him look like a chimpanzee. God made him look like a chimpanzee. Nick Anderson
When you hear Allah's verses being rejected and mocked at by people, you must not sit with them till they start talking of other things. Muhammad
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own. Jonathan Swift
Comedy is allied to justice. Aristophanes
Europe, mourning the loss of its century-old supremacy, either resorts to insulation (by quotas and “cultural exception” clauses) or seeks solace in the disparagement of American culture as vulgar, inauthentic, or stolen. Josef Joffe
I did hold the language laws of Quebec up to ridicule because they are officious and ridiculous. Mordecai Richler
I never met a politician that I couldn’t take a poke at. Molly Ivins
The people never endeavor to ridicule those they love and esteem, nor will they suffer them to be ridiculed. If any one attempts it, their ridicule returns upon the author; he makes himself only the object of public hatred and contempt. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
In public, as well as private life, the only way to prevent being ridiculed or censured, is to avoid all ridiculous or wicked measures, and to pursue such only as are virtuous and worthy. If any man thinks he has been ridiculed, upon any of our public theatres, let him examine his actions he will find the cause, let him alter his conduct he will find a remedy Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Attired in white, with socialism as bait they set out on a cynical sport… vote hunting. Secularism as fig-leaf, the political bed-switching begins. Gigolos blush. Randeep Wadehra
It is no longer possible to satirize this state of affairs. Every satire risks becoming a bible for yet another national liberation front. Every satirist risks becoming the founder of a new religion, a Buddha, Zarathustra, Jesus, Muhammad or Marx. Every exposure of the ravages of the dominant system, every critique of the system's functioning, becomes fodder for the horses of liberators, welding materials for builders of armies Fredy Perlman
I am a writer—a comic and satirical writer. I am much better at poking fun at politicians who screw up than I am of telling them what to do. Salman Rushdie
It is an impious act to violate or break with the teeth a leek or an onion. O holy nation! whose gods grow for them in the gardens. Every table abstains from animals that have wool. It is a crime there to kill a kid, but human flesh is lawful food. Decimus Junius Juvenal
There is nothing more frightening to a political satirist than an honest administration. Mark Russell
Humor is really laughing off a hurt, grinning at misery. Bill Mauldin
Cartoons are ridicule and satire by definition. A negative attitude is the nature of the art. Paul Conrad
If crime fighters fight crime, and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? George Carlin