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Quotations about Sarcasm

Nothing is more discouraging than unappreciated sarcasm. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes by Evan Esar, 1968

Mrs. Hominy... regularly printed in a public journal, with all the indignation in capitals, and all the sarcasm in italics. ~Charles Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, 1843

And that sarcastic levity of tongue,
The stinging of a heart the world hath stung...
~Lord Byron, Lara, 1814

Do you come from a planet with no sarcasm? ~Last Man Standing, "Mutton Busting," 2014, written by Michael Shipley  [S3, E22, Eve]

As he bent his head in his most courtly manner there was a secrecy in his smiling face... the thin straight lips, and the markings in the nose, curved with a sarcasm that looked handsomely diabolic. ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859

Stop being snarky... Now you're being sarcastic. You're being snarky and sarcastic and I don't think any of us want to hear any more of your snarkasm. ~The Middle, "The Christmas Tree," 2013, written by Tim Hobert  [S5, E9, Frankie to Axl. Or, is it snarcasm?]

...Canning, a great master of sparkling fancy and of playful sarcasm... ~William Edward Hartpole Lecky, A History of England in the Eighteenth Century, 1878

The satire of Sydney Smith diffuses itself through his style like an atmosphere, as though he could not help it. Thomas Fuller often embroiders his history with sarcastic touches and humorous allusions; they fringe a sentence, or they slash it by a parenthesis; they glitter on it, or they wind, like a button or a braid. Swift had a savage Berserker fury, and Voltaire a malign grin; to him Ridicule and Sarcasm were Castor and Pollux, sole guiding stars across the frothy, melancholy sea of life. ~Robert Alfred Vaughan, 1855  [a little altered –tg]

Experience is a good teacher, though she is often sarcastic. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes by Evan Esar, 1968

The entry broke off with this piece of sarcasm, which, after all, is actual truth. ~Kate Trimble Sharber (b.1883), Amazing Grace, 1914

Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit. ~Jester of Columbia, 1916

Felix felt cool and wise enough to return into the town, not, however, intending to deny himself the satisfaction of a few pungent words whenever there was place for them. Blows are sarcasms turned stupid: wit is a form of force that leaves the limbs at rest. ~George Eliot, Felix Holt, The Radical, 1866

Sarchasm: the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it. ~Tom Witte, Washington Post word contest, 1998

I wasn't being sarcastic, that's just how I talk. ~Our Flag Means Death, "This Is Happening," S1, E7, 2022, written by Zayre Ferrer,

Bailey... had taken to sarcasm, picked it up as one might pick up a stone, and put it snufflike under his lip. The double entendres, the two-pronged sentences, slid over his tongue to dart rapier-like into anything that happened to be in the way. ~Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969

A wit must always have a butt for his sarcasm. ~“Odd Comparisons,” Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, compiled and arranged by Adam Wooléver, fourth edition, 1881

He started a sarcastic smile, but quenched it, according to the etiquette of his profession. ~Mark Twain

The shafts of sarcasm are only effective when barbed with Truth, tempered with Justice, and feathered with Wit. ~Charles Searle, Look Here! A Book for the Rail (To Be Digested Bit by Bit by Those Who Object to Continuous Reading in a Train), London, 1885

A sudden silence gripped the table, marked only by the slightest cough from Captain Fielding. If a cough could be declared ironic, then his was the very soul of irony. ~Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Man of the Cloth: Being the Second Jane Austen Mystery, 1997

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, Sartor Resartus, 1833

—Definition: an adept in sarcasm; a sarcastic person
—Degree of Usefulness: The only reason most of you have not yet self-described yourselves with this word is because you did not yet know that it existed., "Great Big List of Beautiful and Useless Words, Vol. 1," 2023

The milder form of sarcasm, when kept within the bounds of good taste and good feeling, is far from being offensive; indeed, it is generally in perfect harmony with the tone of pleasantry and badinage peculiar to good society. ~F. B., "Sarcasm," in Catholic Progress, April 1874

His schoolfellows cannot have found it easy to cope with these alternating bouts of irascibility and exuberance, and the stupid ones among them must have detested him for his mordant sarcasm. ~Martin Gregor-Dellin (1926–1988), Richard Wagner: His Life, His Work, His Century, 1980, translated from German by J. Maxwell Brownjohn

Let your sarcasms be so corrosive that they penetrate to the marrow and destroy it. ~Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863–1938), Le Vergini delle Rocce, 1896, translated from the Italian, The Maidens of the Rocks, 2023  [Okay well geez, maybe not that harsh! —tg]

The German university fraternities meet at inns on especial days of every week. There you may see them sitting together before their beer or wine-goblets, hidden in thick clouds of tobacco-smoke, making their political speeches; they drink and sing, and sing and drink, whilst wit and sarcasm, pun and taunt, fly across the room in quick succession, and all is dissolved in infinite laughter and merriment. ~“The Universities of Germany,” in The Dublin University Magazine, July 1855  [a little altered –tg]

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