victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 9 04:21:01 UTC 2011

Yes, I also came across the Burroughs quote, but it was undated and without
a source--and here he's attributing it to someone else. On the other hand,
Kissinger does not strike me as a Burroughs reader--perhaps he read poetry.
One of the quote sites listing Schwartz fought back:

Delmore Schwartz, American poet
> circa 1950's
> Often misattributed to Henry Kissinger
> or to being an "old saying"

That's fine, but still no source. And Kissinger is not a misattribution--he
really did say it, just was not the first (nor, obviously, was Rahm

One Salon article even claims "the all-American lost poet Delmore Schwartz
-- best remembered for the proverb "even paranoids have real enemies" --
also deserves credit for the Caffeine Theory of the Enlightenment."

So "everyone" seems to know the Schwartz line, but no one cites the original


On Sun, May 8, 2011 at 11:18 PM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at>wrote:

> The Yale Book of Quotations has the following three items listed in
> one entry. YBQ credits the second and third items below to Cassellā€™s
> Humorous Quotations
> Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.
>    Catch-22 (motion picture) (1970).
> Because a person has monomania she need not be wrong about her facts
>   Dorothy L. Sayers, Murder  Must Advertise ch. 16 [1933]
> Has it ever struck you that when people get persecution mania, they
> usually have a good deal to feel persecuted about?
>   C.P.Snow, The Aļ¬€air ch. 11 [1960]
> Here is a potentially interesting unverified match for the
> paranoid/paranoiacs variant in Google Books:
> Esquire: Volume 69
> William S. Burroughs, William S. Burroughs: The Shoaf Collection
> (University of Virginia Library) - 1968 - Snippet view
> Granted that, as Delmore Schwartz remarked when someone accused him,
> justly, of paranoia, "Even paranoiacs have some real enemies." Still I
> can't believe it since 1) there is no evidence, 2) it runs against my
> whole notion of the ...
> Volume 69 is dated (1968:Jan-1968:June)
> Garson

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