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The Best Quotes About Taxes And Taxation

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    To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.

    Edmund Burke
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    Taxes, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old.

    Edmund Burke
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    Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt.

    William Cobbett
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    The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.

    Andrew Jackson
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    The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

    Albert Einstein
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    The way taxes are, you might as well marry for love.

    Joe E. Lewis
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    I know all those people. I have friendly, social, and criminal relations with the whole lot of them.

    Mark Twain
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    Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

    H. L. Mencken
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    There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

    Benjamin Franklin
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    When all is lost, ask the I.R.S. -- they'll find something.

    Doug Horton
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    We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride and four times as much by our foolishness.

    Benjamin Franklin
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    In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

    Alexis de Tocqueville
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    Every advantage has its tax.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation.

    Rush Limbaugh
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    Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.

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    I have always paid income tax. I object only when it reaches a stage when I am threatened with having nothing left for my old age -- which is due to start next Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Noël Coward
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    No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity.

    Rush Limbaugh
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    The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.

    John Maynard Keynes
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    A fool and his money are soon parted. The rest of us wait for tax time.

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    It is getting harder and harder to support the government in the style to which it has become accustomed.

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    The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf. 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
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    Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you do not know when it is through if you are a crook or a martyr.

    Will Rogers
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    A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

    George Bernard Shaw
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    I don't know of a single foreign product that enters this country untaxed, except the answer to prayer.

    Mark Twain