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Just because I'm paranoid...

Posted by Tom Conway on December 15, 2008 at 01:26

In Reply to: Just because I'm paranoid... posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 28, 2008 at 11:12:

: : Does anyone know the origin of 'Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me.' In particular would this have been used in the UK in the 1960s? Many thanks.

: The only entry against "paranoid" in the Penguin Dictionary of Quotations says that "Time" magazine 0n 24 Jan 1977 quoted Henry Kissinger as saying "Even a paranoid can have enemies". That *may* mean that Kissinger had the idea first and that popular culture later re-shaped his insight into a snappier form; or maybe the phrase already existed and Kissinger uttered a staider version of it, more suited to a world statesman! (VSD)

My professor of American history used to drop the remark that "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean you're not being followed." This was in 1973, Mississauga, Canada.