[Ads-l] QOTY

Stanton McCandlish smccandlish at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 13 00:25:26 UTC 2020

Cf. also this Benjamin Franklin quotation, of which the new phrase is kind
of a compression, *modulo* the nose phrase: "Those who would give up
essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither
Liberty nor Safety."

That said, Franklin didn't actually mean what people today think he did.
There some analysis of this here:


I'm reminded a bit of the situation of Emerson's "A foolish consistency is
the hobgoblin of little minds", which also did not mean what 99% of people
think it did.  I wrote up something about that for the Wikipedia-editing
context, a few years ago:


On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 2:47 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> "My rights don't end where your fear begins."
> A slogan of pandemic protesters. Sometimes "God-given" modifies "rights."
> Earliest?: April 5, 2020, at www.neogaf.com>Discussions>Off-Topic
> <http://www.neogaf.com › Discussions › Off-Topic Discussion>
> Cf. "Your rights end where my nose begins."
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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