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


Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them!

Margaret Mitchell, novelist

Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.

Will Rogers, actor

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt, president

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

Will Rogers, actor

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

The tax collector must love poor people. He is creating so many of them.

Bill Vaughan, journalist

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

Joe E. Lewis, comedian

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

Doug Horton,

Today's dime is really a dollar with all the taxes deducted.


No matter how bad a child is, he is still good for a tax deduction.


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

Albert Einstein, physicist

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

John Maynard Keynes, economist

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

Andrew Jackson, president

Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation.

Fletcher Knebel, author

Nothing hurts more than having to pay an income tax, unless it is not having to pay an income tax.

Lord Thomas Dewar,

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

Benjamin Franklin, president

Taxes and golf are alike, you drive your heart out for the green, and then end up in the hole.


It's getting so that children have to be educated to realize that Damn and Taxes: are two separate words.


In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

Voltaire, writer

No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity.

Rush Limbaugh, entertainer

The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.

Charles Dudley Warner, journalist

We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.

Leona Helmsley, businesswoman

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

Herman Wouk, novelist

Of all our natural resources, the first one to be exhausted may be the taxpayer.


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

H. L. Mencken, writer

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, president

Government lasts as long as the under-taxed can defend themselves against the over-taxed.

Bernard Berenson, historian

Our tax law is a 1, 598-page hydra-headed monster and I'm going to attack and attack and attack until I have ironed out every fault in it.

Vivien Kellems, activist

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


In the laws of the land, she has no rights; in government she has no voice. And in spite of another principle recognized in this Republic, namely, that 'taxation without representation is tyranny,' she is taxed without being represented.

Ernestine Rose, activist

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, historian

The rope by which the great blocks of taxes are attached to any citizenry is simple loyalty.

Stephen King, author

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

Mark Twain, author

The taxpayer -- that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.

Ronald Reagan, president

The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor.

William Cobbett, politician

Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excessive taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous lawsuits.

Rick Perry, politician

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

Vladimir Lenin, leader

When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before.

H. L. Mencken, writer

Taxation without representation is tyranny.

James Otis, lawyer

It is the small owner who offers the only really profitable and reliable material for taxation. He is made for taxation.

Auberon Herbert, writer

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall.

Denis Healey, politician

Only little people pay taxes.

Leona Helmsley, businesswoman

There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program -- your tax-dollar will go further.

Wernher Von Braun, scientist

Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before.

Art Buchwald, journalist

It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.

Tiberius Caesar,

There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist -- the taxidermist leaves the hide.

Mortimer Caplan,

No statesmen ever will find it worth his pains, to tax our labor and excise our brain.

Randolph Churchill, journalist

Uncle claims that if he files his income tax wrong he'll go to jail, and if he files it right he'll go to the poor house.

Nonnee Coan,

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, politician

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.

J. B. Colbert,

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.

Noel Coward, playwright

The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless. When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.

James Dale Davidson,

All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury.

Prince Philip Edinburgh,

My Lord, I sorrow to learn that I am so timorous of heart and to learn that my Lord could be so forgetful of the elementary facts of nature, and also of mankind, that he believes when the lesser joins the greater, it can remain itself and maintain it

Andrew Fletcher, writer

Income tax time is when you test your powers of deduction.

Shelby Friedman,

I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is -- I could be just as proud for half the money.

Arthur Godfrey, entertainer

Anyone may so arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible. He is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes.

Judge Learned Hand,

The mounting burden of taxation not only undermines individual incentives to increased work and earnings, but in a score of ways discourages capital accumulation and distorts, unbalances, and shrinks production. Total real wealth and income is made smaller than it would otherwise be. On net balance there is more poverty rather than less.

Henry Hazlitt, philosopher

The promise of yesterday are the taxes of today.

Mackenzie King, statesman

Patrick Henry railed against taxation without representation. He should see it with representation.

Saul Landau,

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

Rush Limbaugh, entertainer

Tax reform means, 'Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.'

Russell Long,

Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure. A centrally planned totalitarian state represents a complete defeat for the civilized world, while a totally voluntary society represents its ultimate success.

Mark Skousen, economist

Government spending is taxation. When you look at this, I've never heard of a poor person spending himself into prosperity; let alone I've never heard of a poor person taxing himself into prosperity.

Arthur Laffer, economist

We have to change economic policy: create confidence, foster investment, cut the public deficit, restructure taxation and reform the labor laws.

Mariano Rajoy, politician

I don't know what to do or where to turn in this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, where I could go to straighten it out in my mind. But I don't know where the book is, and maybe I couldn't read it if I found it.

Warren G. Harding, president

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.

Laurence J. Peter, writer

I therefore declare, that if you wish any remission of the taxation which falls upon the homes of the people of England and Wales, you can only find it by reducing the great military establishments, and diminishing the money paid to fighting men in time of peace.

Richard Cobden, businessman

Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents.

Peg Bracken,

Read my lips: no new taxes.

George Bush,

Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet-dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list -- the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation.

Karl Marx, economist

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

Edmund Burke, statesman

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

Edmund Burke, statesman

The power to tax is the power to destroy.

John Marshall, judge

Inheritance taxes are so high that the happiest mourner at a rich man's funeral is usually Uncle Sam.

Olin Miller,

Indoors or out, no one relaxesIn March, that month of wind and taxes,The wind will presently disappear,The taxes last us all year.

Ogden Nash, poet

In levying taxes and in shearing sheep it is well to stop when you get down to the skin.

Austin O'Malley, physicist

Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.

F. J. Raymond,

The Income Tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.

Will Rogers, actor

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, actor

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, actor

No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others.

John Ruskin, writer

The world is ruled by butterflies adding to their weapon piles. Imagine what your taxes buy. We hardly ever try.

Gordon Sumner,

The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms. Armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced without taxes.

Tacitus, historian

I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.

Themistocles, soldier

If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.

Henry David Thoreau, author

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

Mark Twain, author

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


We ought, therefore, to lessen the price of food to our manufacturers, and place them more on a level with the manufacturers who have cheaper food, and also much lighter taxation.

Joseph Hume, scientist

Throughout his life, Ronald Reagan believed America is capable of great things and its people could and would lead the way if left unburdened by taxation and regulation.

William L. Jenkins, politician

No taxation without respiration.

Tom Feeney, athlete

Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind. Expediency and greed create high taxation, and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down.

Charles Adams, activist

I think coercive taxation is theft, and government has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum.

William Weld, politician

Nearly everywhere monarchs raised themselves further above the level of the greatest nobles and buttressed their new pretensions to respect and authority with cannons and taxation.

J. M. Roberts,

If it is the duty of the State to educate, it is the duty of the State also to bear the burden of education, namely, the taxation out of which education is provided.

Edmund Barton, politician

My expertise was in public finance, particularly corporate taxation, since I had worked at the US Treasury.

Merton Miller, economist

This is a form of double taxation and it's simply unfair.

Doc Hastings, politician

My legislation, the Simple Savings Tax Relief Act of 2005, simply eliminates the taxation of interest earned in savings accounts, such as passbook savings accounts or bank certificates of deposit.

Cliff Stearns, politician

A libertarian presidential candidate isn't going to win anyway, so he can afford to say that all taxation is theft, and it isn't the job of a libertarian presidential candidate to cook up new ways to commit theft.

L. Neil Smith, writer

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