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TAXATION
[ Also see Government Politics Taxes ]

To please universally was the object of his life; but to tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
      - Edmund Burke

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.
      - Jean Baptiste Colbert

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
      - Calvin Coolidge

The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.
      - Albert Einstein

For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only the little people pay taxes.
      - Leona Helmsley, in the "New York Times"

Unnecessary taxation is unjust taxation.
      - Abram Stevens Hewitt,
        Democratic Platform of 1884

Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometric progression as they rise.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Sound principles will not justify our taxing the industry of our fellow citizens to accumulate treasure for wars to happen we know not when, and which might not perhaps happen but from the temptations offered by that treasure.
      - Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The necessary connexion of representatives with taxes, seems to have sunk deep into many of those minds, that admit sounds, without their meaning.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Excise, a hateful tax levied upon commodities.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Definition of Excise in his Dictionary

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.
      - John Maynard Keynes

The poor taxpaying people.
  [Lat., Misera contribuens plebs.]
      - Rt. Hon. Andrew Bonar Law,
        law of the Hungarian Diet of 1751, article 37

The power to tax involves the power to destroy.
      - John C. Marshall,
        in the case "McCulloch v. Maryland"

The current tax code is a daily mugging.
      - Ronald Reagan

Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr.
      - Will Rogers

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep.
      - Will Rogers

Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Men who prefer any load of infamy, however great, to any pressure of taxation, however light.
      - Sydney Smith, On American Debts

The schoolboy whips his taxed top, the beardless youth manages his taxed horse, with a taxed bridle, on a taxed road; and the dying Englishman, pouring his medicine, which has paid seven per cent, flings himself back on his chintz bed, which has paid twenty-two per cent, and expires in the arms of an apothecary who has paid a license of a hundred pounds for the privilege of putting him to death.
      - Sydney Smith,
        Review of Seybert's Annals--United States

I did not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest the schoolmaster.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.
      - Charles Dudley Warner

Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.
      - Herman Wouk


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