Is there a difference in meaning between the two versions of this famous phrase/quote:

"Man can live no more without air than a fish can without water"


"Man can no more live without air than a fish can without water".

Incidentally, this phrase seems surprisingly hard to find on the web. Is it wrong?


Live no more implies die. Whereas it's true that a person would die without air, the point of your sentence is that mankind depends on air as much as fish do on water, so no more belongs before the phrase live without air.

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