Monday, July 28, 2008

Lost proverb

There is a Russian proverb - from memory, it goes something like this:

"Don't think.
If you think, don't speak.
If you speak, don't write.
If you write, don't publish.
If you publish, don't be surprised...."

It was used by The New Statesman & Society back in the mid-1990s as part of their campaign against the libel laws. I've been Googling for the correct text and can't find it anywhere. Has anyone else heard it before?

4 comments:

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hmm... Russian? And I thought I am fairly well versed in stuff like this. Shall try to Google in Russian a bit.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Nope. Only a few entries, some using the last two lines, all in a derogatory meaning - about someone's writing.

MatGB said...

It is my understanding, BTW, that it wasn't Russian, it was made up by The Oldie and used by NSS with their permission.

And yes, I've still got the t-shirt.

Paulie said...

OK. I was working at NSS at the time as it happens. I *thought* it was something that the late Roger Woddis found, but it was all a long time ago. Ta for finding it tho.