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JEAN BAPTISTE COLBERT
French statesman and financier
(1619 - 1683)

Let it alone. Let it pass by.
  [Lat., Laissez faire, laissez passer.]
      - according to Lord John Russell, see report of his speech in London "Times", Apr. 2, 1840
        [Politics]

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.
      - [Taxation]

When a king creates an office, Providence creates immediately a fool to buy it.
      - [Office]


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