If they think you’re crude, go technical; if they think you’re technical, go crude.
— William Gibson, “Johnny Mnemonic”
I always think of this quote when I’m confronted with Yet Another Way the Government Is Monitoring Everything We Do.
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.
— John Philpot Curran, “Speech upon the Right of Election for Lord Mayor of Dublin,” 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.) as quoted in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations