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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Irony
 
  Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment  *  *  *  placing its victim naked on a bed of briars and bristles, thinly covered with rose-leaves; adorning his brow with a crown of gold, which burns into his brain; teasing, and fretting, and riddling him through and through with incessant discharges of hot shot from a masked battery; laying bare the most sensitive and shrinking nerves of his mind, and then blandly touching them with ice, or smilingly pricking them with needles.
E. P. Whipple.    
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  Irony is jesting hidden behind gravity.
John Weiss.    
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  Clap an extinguisher upon your irony, if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it.
Lamb.    
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