Caricatures have been around for as long as people have. When we mock or tease someone, we do it by caricaturing them–exaggerating their features or mannerisms. My acting students once did a “celebrity roast” of me, imitating little idiosyncrasies I barely knew I had. When I said, “Really?” they all shouted back, “Yes, really!” Caricatures may be affectionate or cruel, but they are always instructive, either about the subject or the caricaturist. As long as there are individuals, there will be caricatures—and God forbid we should ever cease to be individuals. But let us be careful never to become caricatures of ourselves.
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“A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.” ~Joseph Conrad
“There’s nothing needs such mathematical precision as a wild caricature.” ~G K Chesterton
“All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.” ~Walt Disney
“The ones who constantly make us laugh are the hardest of friends to know – for comedians are the caricatures among us.” ~Criss Jami
“What’s natural is beautiful, and when you’re not you anymore, you become a caricature.” ~Monica Bellucci
“Caricature is rough truth.” ~George Meredith
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”