Favorite literary diatribes

What is your favorite diatribe from literature? Here are two of mine:

  1. Big Kahuna–Kevin Spacey’s speech about what you say when someone is lying to you.

  2. Glengary Glen Ross-- Alec Baldwin’s speech to the sales staff. “Coffee is for closers.”

Since when are movies literature?

Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses, written the the master (no, not Cecil. The other master.)

Not only hilarious, but pretty damn good writing advice.

You are right, of course.

I’ve always been a fan of Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, though I don’t know if it necessarily counts as a diatribe.

James Thurber’s “What’s so Funny?”
Or (depending on how loosely you define “diatribe”) George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Langauge”.

Yossarian’s “And don’t tell me God works in mysterious ways… There’s nothing so mysterious about it…” speech from Catch-22.