“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance”
I’m happy to say that the amount of spam actually reaching my inbox has dramatically dropped since I started using Spamcop a year or so ago. The irony thing is that I still need to take time every couple of days to clear out spam. If I don’t report held spam within three days of receiving it, complaints won’t be sent to the offending ISPs. I also have to check for the occasional piece of non-spam that gets quarantined. The point is, spam can be dealt with sanely, but at the price of some time and patience.
This popular phrase has been attributed to both Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, but it appears to have been adapted from a statement made by John Philpot Curran, Lord Mayor of Dublin
“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” Speech before the Privy Council, 10 July 1790; in The Speeches of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran, ed. Thomas Davis (1847), pp. 94-95.