October 03, 2004
On Lack Of Self-Knowledge

I just now found this quotation on the web:

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.

This is excellent advice. I would have liked it better if whoever posted it had named the author, and perhaps also the work from which it is quoted, the date, and so on. And I would have liked it a lot better if I had not had to read it in a comment on my own site, where it was being used to disguise a piece of Online Poker Spam, one of several from I suppose I should be glad it's not porn spam.

Is the extreme (in)appropriateness of the quotation to its context an instance of dry -- and rather nasty -- wit? Or is it just an indication of stupidity and lack of self-knowledge? Did the spammer even read it before posting it?

Posted by Dr. Weevil at October 03, 2004 07:29 PM

Intrigued, I decided to Look It Up, and it not surprisingly turns out to be Mill, from On Liberty.

Go figure.

Posted by: Sigivald on October 4, 2004 12:31 PM

Yup - those spammers are using a nice database of quotations

Posted by: Michael Tinkler on October 6, 2004 10:44 PM