[Ads-l] cut the mustard

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 6 04:03:55 UTC 2014


And then there's the Pogo version:  Virtue is its only reward.

On Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> On Dec 5, 2014, at 12:32 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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> > On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole =
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> >>=20
> >> The anti-proverb "no good deed is unpunished" is a subversion of the
> >> proverb "no good deed is unrewarded". The punishment or reward is
> >> allotted to the principal actor by providence, karma, or the hand of
> >> God.
> >>=20
> >> Barry Popik has an entry for "No good deed goes unpunished (in
> >> Washington)" with key citations in 1938 and 1942. YBQ also has an
> >> entry.
> >>=20
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> > Ha! I had no idea that this "old saw" was so recent!
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> > And, IMO, it's *far* more likely to be true in fact than the =
> unreasonable
> > assertion that
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> > "no good deed is unrewarded."
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> Well, there's "virtue is its own reward".
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> (It usually has to be.)
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> LH
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> > I've never heard that before now. Probably because it's nonsense. :-(
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> > -Wilson
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> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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