Vobis non me dux

The least I can do is give this phrase a little push. This is where it came from:

If you think something needs to be done, you should do it. You should not assume everybody else thinks the same way or that somebody else will take care of it for you. You and I are not sticks in a fasces or cells in a jellyfish; we are individuals with the right to live our own individual lives without someone else telling us what we have to do.

In retrospect, it was a big mistake to put e pluribus unum on the currency, instead of “You ain’t the boss of me”. (Vobis non me dux?)

Then again, unum gets no play these days, what with everyone overly anxious about pluribus.



  1. McGehee »

    8 May 2011 · 10:29 pm

    I’m open to suggestions for what to call my blog after 2011 ceases. I think you’ve just made the top of the list.

  2. McGehee »

    8 May 2011 · 10:30 pm

    I’m open to suggestions for what to call my blog after 2011 ceases. I think Tam just made the top of the list.

  3. McGehee »

    8 May 2011 · 10:30 pm


  4. fillyjonk »

    9 May 2011 · 7:24 am

    In other words, “Be the George that other people expect to do it”?

    I don’t know. I admit I get pretty resentful of being (apparently) the ONLY person who ever bothers to fetch paper for the printer when it has run out.

  5. Nicole »

    9 May 2011 · 4:29 pm

    Love the phrase.

  6. thornharp »

    10 May 2011 · 1:22 pm

    Wouldn’t it be dux mihi non es ?

  7. CGHill »

    10 May 2011 · 1:38 pm

    Probably a tad closer to canonical, but if your average disgruntled ‘Murrican were worried about precise Latin grammar, “Illegitimi non carborundum” would never have gotten any traction. (See also Dog Latin.)

    Sooner or later Dr. Weevil will weigh in, and the matter will be more or less settled.

  8. Tam »

    10 May 2011 · 4:33 pm

    Obviously, I haven’t a link of Latin grammar, and what shaky vocabulary I have was picked up by osmosis.

    I like the way my dog Latin version scans, though ;)

    (My foreign language choices in high school were French, Spanish, Latin or German: I picked the one with cool words like blitzkrieg and sturmgewehr.)

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