Top 130 Satire Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Satire Quotes from famous people such as Kalki Koechlin, Maajid Nawaz, Garry Trudeau, Michael Flanders, Carl Hiaasen, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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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
Satire is, by definition, offensive. It is meant to make us feel uncomfortable. It is meant to make us scratch our heads, think, do a double-take, and then think again.
Maajid Nawaz
Satire is a form of social control, it’s what you do. It’s not personal. It’s a job.
Garry Trudeau
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!
Michael Flanders
Good satire comes from anger. It comes from a sense of injustice, that there are wrongs in the world that need to be fixed. And what better place to get that well of venom and outrage boiling than a newsroom, because you’re on the front lines.
Carl Hiaasen
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.
Jonathan Swift
Mike Judge is my Jonathan Swift, and I say that because I don’t know any other satirists. But the problem with satire is that it’s so easily misinterpreted.
T. J. Miller
In a satire, you need foolishness.
Shoojit Sircar
I never really considered ‘Quantum & Woody’ a comedic book or a funny book. I never thought of it as a satire.
Christopher Priest
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.
P. J. O’Rourke
I’m a human person, so I do have some sort of compassion for even the people I’m mocking. But at the end of the day, I’m the little guy taking on the big guy. That to me is not bullying. That’s satire.
Randy Rainbow
In the old days of literature, only the very thick-skinned – or the very brilliant – dared enter the arena of literary criticism. To criticise a person’s work required equal measures of erudition and wit, and inferior critics were often the butt of satire and ridicule.
Joanne Harris
The idea of 24-hour news, if you really step back, is pretty insane. Just even saying ’24-hour news’ almost has satire laced in it.
Adam McKay
The sole purpose of a crown is to make anyone not wearing one feel like an insignificant pauper. They’re obscene to the point of satire.
Charlie Brooker
Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
Lord Byron
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
There is a satire that exists in ‘My Arm,’ but there is also an honoring of some of the stronger ideas that I’ve raided from visual art.
Tim Crouch
The mark of a really great satire is its ability to seem prophetic, and I think that the television culture that film predicted really came true in the age of reality television and is a testament to how great it really is.
Justin Simien
Political satire became obsolete when they awarded Henry Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize.
Tom Lehrer
A lot of French comedy is satire.
Pamela Druckerman
‘Post 9/11 Blues’ is an observational satire about the surreal circus of fear at that time. It’s a generational thing.
Riz Ahmed
On the other side of that coin, and far outweighing it, is the fact that I’ve been able to use genre of Fantasy/Horror and express my opinion, talk a little about society, do a little bit of satire and that’s been great, man. A lot of people don’t have that platform.
George A. Romero
Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.
Molly Ivins
If you write satire, the guilty pleasure these days is that there’s just so much material about. On the other hand, if you have a family it can be depressing.
Carl Hiaasen
I think the big lesson I’ve learned is that it’s very hard to write satire in America because almost immediately, whatever you’ve thought of turns out to come true, or sometimes it already was true.
Jennifer Egan
Satire doesn’t effect change.
P. J. O’Rourke
I think you’re born with a comedy gene, and you can’t teach timing, and you can’t teach satire, pathos.
Brad Garrett
I’m a satirist, so I’ve got boxing gloves on if the person is worthy of satire. But I’m not an assassin. If that ever happens, it’s only because something happened during the interview that got me going, and then I had to translate my feelings to the mouth of the character.
Stephen Colbert
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.
Mike Judge
Occasionally, the horrors of life in North Korea do show up in our American satire.
Jennifer Armintrout
Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
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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.
Adolph Green
I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel – it’s vulgar.
Molly Ivins
You can’t debate satire. Either you get it or you don’t.
Michael Moore
‘Veep’ is a great satire of democracy.
Jon Lovett
I found out recently that my ‘Good News’ show has a big following in North Korea and the Vatican City! Who knew Kim Jong-un and the Pope liked fast-paced satire?
Russell Howard
But in terms of satire and comedy, our biggest and earliest influence was Mad magazine.
Jerry Zucker
Satire is focused bitterness.
Leo Rosten
I liked ‘Repo Man.’ Satire.
Harry Dean Stanton
I have never knowingly, I swear to God, written satire. The word connotes exaggeration of the foibles of mankind. To me, mankind just has foibles. You don’t have to push it!
Tom Wolfe
I was very involved in political satire, and I’d been writing parody for ‘Mad’ and ‘National Lampoon,’ so I made up some strange story about Gerald Ford.
Chevy Chase
Tomorrow is a satire on today, And shows its weakness.
Edward Young
The reason I wrote political satire was because I thought it – politics – was important… that public policy was important. Then I transitioned into books, then into radio.
Al Franken
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
If all you have is satire, your show will close. Even if all you have is comedy, your show will close. The hardest thing is not making people laugh: the hardest thing is building an emotional story. Any child can make a group of adults laugh.
Robert Lopez
It can take the uninitiated a minute to realize that ‘Gangnam Style’ is satire.
Evan Osnos
By the very nature of satire or parody, you have to love and respect your target and respect it enough to understand every aspect of it, so you can more effectively make fun of it.
T. J. Miller
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 love ‘Glee.’ I cry all the time when I watch ‘Glee’ because I don’t know if it’s satire or melodrama and that makes me feel like the writing is aware of itself, and that makes it okay to cry.
David Sedaris
Satire also allows you to make fun of every different aspect. It allows you to make fun of both sides. It allows you to make fun of everything, really, so you can do it in a harmless way.
Neill Blomkamp
I wrote an ITV drama in the 1960s, a satire on management theory that starred Leonard Rossiter. I’m also a poet and have had work in the ‘Spectator.’
Maurice Flanagan
Rush Limbaugh’s pathetic abuse of logic, his absurd pomposity, his relentless self-promotion, his ridiculous ego – now those, friends, are appropriate targets for satire.
Molly Ivins
I love the satire and skewering of comedy writing.
Kristin Gore
The show is a satire, which gives us freedom to do anything we want. Satire is the magic word that wipes away any culpability. The media is jealous of this freedom.
Rob Corddry
There is no place for a person like me in a world that only takes itself seriously. Satire is so necessary but fairly ineffective.
T. J. Miller
Even for natives, French satire is rarely laugh-out-loud funny. Its unspoken punch line is typically that things have gone irrevocably wrong, and the government is to blame.
Pamela Druckerman
I think it’s legitimate to do satire. If you’re going to write a book of satire on Marilyn Monroe or Madonna, you’re not going to get their permission, because you’re going to make fun of them!
Mort Walker
I think that there’s a real appetite for opinion-driven satire, not just generic making jokes about what’s in the news but actually point-of-view-driven stuff.
Nish Kumar
Crime, horror, and satire each aim to reveal an ugly or uncomfortable truth: one that, after the reveal, will ensure we’ll never be the same. The big difference between those genres being the effect they create.
Paul G. Tremblay
Look, I don’t have the millions of dollars that Exxon has. But I’ve got comedy. I’ve got satire. I’ve got stars.
Laurie David
Wyndham Lewis is basically a pessimist, thinking of human beings as doomed animals or determinist machines. His theory of satire is based on this view, and he finds plenty of evidence to support it in contemporary practice.
Louis MacNeice
What’s great about ‘The Daily Show’ is I can use satire and push the envelope. I couldn’t do that anywhere else. Even if I was a journalist.
Aasif Mandvi
There are thousands of ways to make people laugh - sati

There are thousands of ways to make people laugh – satire, black comedy, slapstick.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Drag is pastiche and parody and satire. Drag queens are never meant to be stars. We make fun of stars. Drag queens are the people that ‘point’ at the star.
Trixie Mattel
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.
Imogene Coca
I came to Hollywood originally writing comedy and writing satire.
Stephen Gaghan
The importance of satire is bringing more people to the table. There are a lot of average citizens who aren’t interested in politics and would be more interested if it’s brought to them in a comedic, funny, satirical way.
Bassem Youssef
Effective satire has to be almost identical to the subject that it is skewering.
T. J. Miller
Gentle mockery or sharp satire aimed at Christians and their leaders have been replaced by abuse of Christianity itself.
Ann Widdecombe
Conventional show-biz savvy held that Americans hated to be the objects of satire.
Carroll O’Connor
I think ‘Death Race 2000’ is a classic, but it’s a classic from the 1970s, and I think it’s a particular kind of drive-in-exploitation movie satire masterpiece, and it was very much a movie of its time.
Paul W. S. Anderson
It is difficult not to write satire.
In TV writing, Armando Iannucci’s satire ‘The Thick of It’ is brilliant – equal parts hysterically funny, terrifyingly believable, and Oh-my-God-I-can’t-believe-he-actually-said-that – and it’s got the most satisfyingly creative insults ever.
Tana French
Not all Tories are atrocious heartless fiends, I concede. But those who wield hunger as a weapon while claiming their own meals on expenses, are beyond satire.
Jack Monroe
For me, ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ is a satire… I wanted to do satire and I think it’s turned out exactly how I wanted it to be.
Shoojit Sircar
As ‘Possession’ progresses, it seems less and less like the usual satire about academia and more like something by Jorge Luis Borges.
Jay Parini
Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.
Alexander Pope
I think comedy and satire are the strongest ways to deal with very serious themes and very painful themes.
Colman Domingo
Satire is a weapon, and it can be quite cruel.
Molly Ivins
Comic book readers tend to be pretty secular and anti-authoritarian; nothing is above satire in their eyes.
G. Willow Wilson
Satire makes people learn something more than being lectured.
Sarah Cooper
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.
Alan Lomax
It’s a one-day story of a guy called Newton Kumar, and the backdrop is election: how the most powerful tool we have as citizens is vote but how we don’t utilise it. We really don’t give importance to it. It talks about democracy; it’s a satire, a black comedy.
Rajkummar Rao
Social satire has been around since people have been around.
David Walliams
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.
Ben Nicholson
If you look at ‘Network’ or any kind of satire, it’s fundamentally unemotional in some ways.
Sam Levinson
‘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 a lesson, parody is a game.
Vladimir Nabokov
Life serves up satire. Unfortunately. Or fortunately. I don’t know. You have to reel it in to drama.
Stephen Gaghan
Whatever is going on in the news and whoever is in the spotlight is up for grabs and fodder for satire.
Randy Rainbow
A lot of people tend to glorify the role of satire and comedians. They put them up as role models, as fighters for the truth and against tyranny, and I think that’s overrated.
Bassem Youssef
I consciously decided to make both ‘Sammy’s Hill’ and ‘Sammy’s House’ more of a warm satire and not go the route of writing a dark and bitter book about D.C.
Kristin Gore
Ksenia Sobchak as president is like Sergei Shnurov as an artist. It’s satire. It’s a very high-level art project.
Ksenia Sobchak
We live in an age that's very suspicious of preachy pol

We live in an age that’s very suspicious of preachy political rhetoric, which means that there’s room for art that approaches these issues from the side – as satire, as parody, or as a kind of outlandish speculative proposition.
Jess Row
You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.
Art Buchwald
‘Dear White People’ started a conversation about race. It’s such a difficult thing to talk about, especially in America because of our history. I love that you can confront it with humour and with satire.
Tessa Thompson
We never dealt with satire or suggestive material. Although some of our films were broad parodies or burlesques of popular dramatic themes, there was no conscious attempt at being either sarcastic or offensive.
Stan Laurel
Magoo’s appeal lies in our hostility toward an older generation. But he’s not only nearsighted physically. His mind is selective of what it sees, too. That is where the humor, the satire lies, in the difference between what he thinks he sees and reality as we see it.
Jim Backus
A lot of political music to me can be rather pedantic and corny, and when it’s done right – like Bruce Springsteen or Jackson Browne or great satire from Randy Newman, there’s nothing better.
Bonnie Raitt
I wrote my first play as extra credit for my fourth grade English class. ‘Can Helen Stop Smoking’ was a satire on the ill effects of cigarette smoking. My friend Vicki Haugabrook played as Helen and I directed the show. At the time, my brother Vince was leading the campaign to get our grandmother to quit.
T’Keyah Crystal Keymah
I cry all the time when I watch ‘Glee’ because I don’t know if it’s satire or melodrama and that makes me feel like the writing is aware of itself, and that makes it OK to cry.
David Sedaris
I think satire is most effective when you love the thing you’re satirizing rather than… have a vendetta against it.
Mike Yaconelli
Politics is a thing that is kind of the same over and over and over again. But we have to find new ways of poking fun at it and letting the air out of people and satirizing things that are worthy of satire.
Paul F. Tompkins
Some readers took ‘Heaven’s My Destination’ as a satire on Christianity and the Midwest, but today it reads like a loving comedy.
Robert Gottlieb
Paul Verhoeven is one of my favourite directors. I love his ability to mash extreme violence with humour and satire.
Kayvan Novak
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.
Griffin Dunne
Regardless of what amount of satire or sarcasm is heard in what I do, the reason it connects with people is because the fun and the wildness in it is sincere.
Ricky Reed
We are almost in a time beyond jokes, beyond satire. When the Trump era is called the ‘post-truth’ period, then this is the greatest joke of all, albeit quite depressing.
Bill Bailey
I think satire suffered under Obama, but not because of Obama. People are more sensitive now than ever, and strong satirical voices are stifled because of that. I don’t think a Clinton presidency would change that.
Michael Che
Satire works best when it hews close to the line between the outlandish and the possible – and as that line continues to grow thinner, the satirist’s task becomes ever more difficult.
Graydon Carter
My show in Egypt was called, ‘The Show,’ or, ‘Al Bernameg’ in Arabic. Basically, it was a political satire show. It started on Internet by three, four-minute episodes, and then it evolved into a live show in a theater, which was something that was unprecedented in the Arab world.
Bassem Youssef
Indonesian people don’t get satire; that’s the thing. There’s no thought in our humor.
Rich Brian
People keep saying you can’t satirize Trump because he’s beyond satire, but it’s not difficult to just let him out and let him walk upon the stage and say his own words.
Howard Jacobson
Satire has been a sanctuary historically monopolized by progressives, originally used as a discreet tool against Western religious fundamentalism.
Maajid Nawaz
Status is always ripe for satire, status is always good for comedy.
Stephen Colbert
AJ’ is a very special movie to me. I have been watching Dinesh and Rajkumar from their initial days, and have witnessed their evolution. The film talks about the bond shared between a father and a son who wants to fulfil his father’s dreams. It’s a cross between a comedy of errors and a political satire.
I like the George Romero films, which were really great, social satire movies; really twisted.
John Cusack
I never see myself as writing satire. I think I write about people as they really are, without making them better or worse.
Kate Christensen
I’ve never been much drawn towards satire of any kind.
Geoff Dyer
Jaspal Bhatti saab was the one who uplifted the image of Sikhs on the national and international stage. There used to be a lot of satire on Sikhs earlier. A guy wearing a turban was portrayed as a joke, but since Bhatti saab entered cinema he changed the entire perspective and idiom of Sardar jokes.
Binnu Dhillon
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’m uncomfortable with the word satire. In the U.K., there’s quite a bit of sledgehammer weight to that word, which is the antithesis of the subtle approach I strive for.
Jesse Armstrong
There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins.
Isaac Hayes
I write for fun. I had written a kind of media satire, but I doubt it will see the light of day. It was just a personal project.
Michael Hastings
When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only c

When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel – it’s vulgar.
Molly Ivins
‘Gulabo Sitabo’ is a simple satire on life. It’s a genre I have tried for the first time.
Shoojit Sircar
The Irish and British, they love satire, it’s a large part of the culture.
Ben Nicholson
I don’t want to sound disingenuous here – controversy is obviously good for business, especially if your business is satire. And it does amplify the discussion – in my view, a good thing.
Garry Trudeau
I’m looking at some comedic horror films because I have often been accused of being too dark. I’m not dark, not compared with ‘Saw’ or anything like that. So I’m looking at live-action horror films, but not slasher ones – ones that have humor and maybe some social satire.
Henry Selick
When you have satire, it has to be real. No matter how outrageous the comedy becomes, you have to believe in the characters.
Kevin Kline