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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Satire
 
Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Wound with a touch that’s scarcely felt or seen.
            —Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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  Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.
            —Jonathan Swift
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  For Satyre, that most needful part of our Poetry, it has of late been more abus’d, and is grown more degenerate than any other; most commonly, like a Sword in the hands of a Madman, it runs a Tilt at all manner of Persons without any sort of distinction or reason; and so ill-guided is this furious Career, that the Thrusts are most aim’d where the Enemy is best arm’d.
            —Robert Wolseley
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