This does not mean our work is not to be taken seriously. On the contrary, most good journalists go after the story with self-punishing passion and selfless dedication.
The moral of the statement is that journalists should not forget to watch over their shoulders, so they can live to tell that story. Yet, despite this well-meaning maxim, many are carried by their passion into dangerous, even fatal waters.
Their only security is in hope for a system that respects and protects everyone, including media practitioners going about their work.
This brings us to the matter of Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, the MP for Kyadondo East, who is a former journalist. Mr Ssemujju was last week violently dragged out of Parliament, after he insisted that he was acting within the law - contrary to what Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah argued.
Oulanyah suspended Ssemujju and MPs Odonga Otto and Theodore Ssekikubo, under Rule 80 (4) of Parliament's Rules of Procedure, having adjudged them to be in breach of Rule 74. He insisted that they would not be readmitted unless they apologised.
While Oulanyah believes that the "expression of regret" in Rule 80 (7) kicks in after the suspension period, the MPs argue that this rule applies if one wants to overturn the suspension.
Mr Ssemujju is known for his passionate pursuit of his positions, and Mr Oulanyah is creating a name for standing his ground once he has chosen it.
But the sight of a Member of Parliament being dragged out of the House does not improve the image of the legislature, and one has to wonder if, as a leader of the institution, the deputy speaker thought about this before ordering force to be used.
This situation requires calm and sober leadership, as the integrity of Parliament needs to be prised over scoring of points between individuals or parties. As is often said, a key test of a democratic culture is in how power deals with those who oppose it.
If both sides stand their ground, let the matter be decided by court. But by all means, let us avoid ugly scenes like last week's.