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Quotations about Taxes
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
People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women. ~Author Unknown
Tea, coffee, spirits, laces, silks, and spice,
And sundry drugs that bear a noble price,
Are bought for little, but, ere sold, the things
Are deeply charged for duty of the king's.
~George Crabbe (1754–1832), "Barnaby, the Shopman"
Taxes: Of life's two certainties, the only one for which you can get an automatic extension. ~Author Unknown
Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash
It's income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta. ~Dave Barry
Man is not like other animals in the ways that are really significant: animals have instincts, we have taxes. ~Erving Goffman
The purse of the people is the real seat of sensibility. Let it be drawn upon largely, and they will then listen to truths which could not excite them through any other organ. ~Thomas Jefferson
To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury. ~Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book
Today, it takes more brains and effort to make out the income-tax form than it does to make the income. ~Alfred E. Neuman
A person doesn't know how much he has to be thankful for until he has to pay taxes on it. ~Author Unknown
Taxes are paid in the sweat of every man who labors. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
I am thankful for the taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed. ~Nancie J. Carmody
Dear IRS, I am writing to you to cancel my subscription. Please remove my name from your mailing list. ~Charles M. Schulz (Snoopy)
The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away. ~John S. Coleman, address, Detroit Chamber of Commerce, 1956
Philosophy teaches a man that he can't take it with him; taxes teach him he can't leave it behind either. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
It was as true... as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them. ~Charles Dickens
Death and taxes may be inevitable, but they shouldn't be related. ~J.C. Watts, Jr.
The best things in life are free, but sooner or later the government will find a way to tax them. ~Author Unknown
The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. ~Ronald Reagan
I shall never use profanity except in discussing house rent and taxes. ~Mark Twain
Our tax code is so long it makes War and Peace seem breezy. ~Steven LaTourette
The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it's more like a tired feeling, really. ~Paula Poundstone
Rightful taxation is the price of social order. In other words, it is that portion of the citizen's property which he yields up to the government in order to provide for the protection of all the rest. It is not to be wantonly levied on the citizen, nor levied at all except in return for benefits conferred. ~Journal of the Senate of the State of Ohio: Being the First Session of the Forty-Sixth General Assembly, held in the city of Columbus, commencing on December 6, 1847, Vol. XLVI, reported by Mr. Archbold
Taxation is the price which we pay for civilization.... ~Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Vermont, October Session, 1851 (Report of the Committee Appointed by the Governor to Take into Consideration the Financial Affairs of the State)
Taxation is the price which civilized communities pay for the opportunity of remaining civilized. ~Albert Bushnell Hart, Actual Government, 1903
I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., quoted by Felix Frankfurter, The Atlantic Monthly, October 1938 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)
We are told that this is an odious and unpopular tax. I never knew a tax that was not odious and unpopular with the people who paid it. ~John Sherman
You must pay taxes. But there's no law that says you gotta leave a tip. ~Morgan Stanley advertisement
This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher. ~Albert Einstein, about filling out his income tax form, 1944
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. ~Will Rogers
U.S. Internal Revenue Service: an agency modeled after the revenue raising concepts of the 19th century economist, Jesse James. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute. ~Thomas Paine
Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund. ~F.J. Raymond
There's nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won't cure. ~Dan Bennett
Pothinus: "Is it possible that Caesar, the conqueror of the world, has time to occupy himself with such a trifle as our taxes?"
Caesar: "My friend, taxes are the chief business of a conqueror of the world."
~George Bernard Shaw, "Caesar and Cleopatra"
There may be liberty and justice for all, but there are tax breaks only for some. ~Martin A. Sullivan
The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government. ~Barry Goldwater
Taxes grow without rain. ~Jewish Proverb
When it comes to reasoning with the IRS, there's no way, shape or form — and you wouldn't understand the form, anyway. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
I don't know if I can live on my income or not — the government won't let me try it. ~Bob Thaves, "Frank & Ernest"
Of all debts, men are least willing to pay their taxes; what a satire this is on government. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly. ~Benjamin Franklin
Any tax is a discouragement and therefore a regulation so far as it goes. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Question: " I understand that Congress is considering a so-called 'flat' tax system. How would this work?" Answer: "If Congress were to pass a 'flat' tax, you'd simply pay a fixed percentage of your income, and you wouldn't have to fill out any complicated forms, and there would be no loopholes for politically connected groups, and normal people would actually understand the tax laws, and giant talking broccoli stalks would come around and mow your lawn for free, because Congress is NOT going to pass a flat tax, you pathetic fool." ~Dave Barry
The flat tax would be so simple, you could fill it out on a post card. A post card that would say, in effect, having a wonderful time; glad most of my money is here. ~Steve Forbes
A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right. Author Unknown
Count the day won when, turning on its axis,
This earth imposes no additional taxes.
~Franklin P. Adams
Taxation, for example, is eternally lively; it concerns nine-tenths of us more directly than either smallpox or golf, and has just as much drama in it; moreover, it has been mellowed and made gay by as many gaudy, preposterous theories. ~H.L. Mencken
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. ~Calvin Coolidge
It's about ten times the size of the Bible — and unlike the Bible, contains no good news. ~Don Nickles, about the Internal Revenue Code
The payment of taxes gives a right to protection. ~James M. Wayne
If we don't do something to simplify the tax system, we're going to end up with a national police force of internal revenue agents. ~Leon Panetta
What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1902
The sales tax seems to be more politically acceptable than the income tax. ~Raymond C. Scheppach
There is an ancient belief that the gods love the obscure and hate the obvious. Without benefit of divinity, modern men of similar persuasion draft provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 341 is their triumph. ~Martin D. Ginsburg
All the Congress, all the accountants and tax lawyers, all the judges, and a convention of wizards all cannot tell for sure what the income tax law says. ~Walter B. Wriston
The politicians say "we" can't afford a tax cut. Maybe we can't afford the politicians. ~Steve Forbes
IRS: an agency modeled after the revenue-raising concepts of the 19th-century economist, Jesse James. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Abracadabra, thus we learn
The more you create, the less you earn.
The less you earn, the more you're given,
The less you lead, the more you're driven,
The more destroyed, the more they feed,
The more you pay, the more they need,
The more you earn, the less you keep,
And now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to take,
If the tax-collector hasn't got it before I wake.
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971)
Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. ~Author unknown, from a Washington Post word contest
You don't pay taxes — they take taxes. ~Chris Rock, Bigger and Blacker
People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income. ~Robert Half
Tax complexity itself is a kind of tax. ~Max Baucus
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation... For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.... We, therefore... solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States. ~The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies, 1776
I can give you 1040 good reasons we should improve our government. ~Terri Guillemets