Brilliant Quotes on Taxation

Quotes About Taxes

Quotes tagged as “taxes” (showing 1-41 of 43)
Ron Paul

“One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government.”
Ron Paul
Robert A. Heinlein

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Margaret Mitchell

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
Winston S. Churchill

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
Winston S. Churchill
Benjamin Franklin

“Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”
Benjamin Franklin
Rush Limbaugh

“No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.”
Rush Limbaugh
Thomas Jefferson

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
Thomas Jefferson
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Paula Poundstone

“The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling.

Paula Poundstone
Ronald Reagan

“You can’t tax business. Business doesn’t pay taxes. It collects taxes.”
Ronald Reagan
Lewis Black

“They’re so broke that they’ve actually cut essential services. In many places, they’ve cut policemen, because, who the fuck needs them? Or firemen, son of a bitch, it’s much more fun watching something burn down.”
Lewis Black
Herman Wouk

“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.”
Herman Wouk
Jarod Kintz

“Factor in the fact that factories should only hire people they make themselves, I believe, and you can see why I want to be self-employed and own a factory. This would mean I’d have thousands of clones of myself working for me. Think about it. I’ll increase my income thousands of times over, but I’ll only be paying tax for one person. 
”
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.
Naomi Klein

“In Venezuela Chavez has made the co-ops a top political priority, giving them first refusal on government contracts and offering them economic incentives to trade with one another. By 2006, there were roughly 100,000 co-operatives in the country, employing more than 700,000 workers. Many are pieces of state infrastructure – toll booths, highway maintenance, health clinics – handed over to the communities to run. It’s a reverse of the logic of government outsourcing – rather than auctioning off pieces of the state to large corporations and losing democratic control, the people who use the resources are given the power to manage them, creating, at least in theory, both jobs and more responsive public services. Chavez’s many critics have derided these initiatives as handouts and unfair subsidies, of course. Yet in an era when Halliburton treats the U.S. government as its personal ATM for six years, withdraws upward of $20 billion in Iraq contracts alone, refuses to hire local workers either on the Gulf coast or in Iraq, then expresses its gratitude to U.S. taxpayers by moving its corporate headquarters to Dubai (with all the attendant tax and legal benefits), Chavez’s direct subsidies to regular people look significantly less radical.”
Naomi Klein
John Marshall

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.”
John Marshall
Susan Elizabeth Phillips

“wouldn’t you like to make sure all those millions you give to Uncle Sam went to schools and hospitals instead of nuclear warheads?’
As a matter of fact, he would. Playgrounds for big kids, preschool programs to little ones, and mandatory LASIK surgery for NFL refs.”
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Natural Born Charmer
Jarod Kintz

“Being in love is like being lit on fire and having your loved one morph into a marshmallow as she runs to embrace you. But not being in love feels so much worse, possibly like being a tax collector. Actually, nothing compares to the lowliness of a tax collector.
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Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the canidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy–to be followed by a dictatorship.”
Alexander Fraser Tytler Woodhouselee
Judith Martin

“The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don’t have to pay taxes – naturally, no one wants to live any other way.”
Judith Martin
Robert Penn Warren

“Just tell ‘em you’re gonna soak the fat boys and forget the rest of the tax stuff…Willie, make ‘em cry, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em mad, even mad at you. Stir them up and they’ll love it and come back for more, but, for heaven’s sakes, don’t try to improve their minds. ”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men
“A rather vicious cycle has been at work for years. Reduced taxes on the rich leave them with more money to influence politicians and politics. Their influence wins them further tax reductions, which gives them still more money to put to political use. When the loss of tax revenue from the rich worsens already strained government budgets, the rich press politicians to cut public services and government jobs and not even debate a return to the higher taxes the rich used to pay. So it goes – from Washington, to Wisconsin, to New York City.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“They tax when you earn a dollar, they tax you when you save it, they tax you when you invest it. If you earn a dividend, they tax it again, and if you’re stupid enough to die, they steal up to half.”
― Grover Norquist president of Americans for Tax Reform

Albert Einstein

“This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher”(when asked about completing his income tax form)”
Albert Einstein
“The way taxes are, you might as well marry for love.”
Joe E. Lewis
John Marshall

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.”
John Marshall
Robert A. Heinlein

“Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth Stupid fumbling.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
“By today’s standards King George III was a very mild tyrant indeed. He taxed his American colonists at a rate of only pennies per annum. His actual impact on their personal lives was trivial. He had arbitrary power over them in law and in principle but in fact it was seldom exercised. If you compare his rule with that of today’s U.S. Government you have to wonder why we celebrate our independence..”
Joseph Sobran
“[Justice George Sutherland said, in the majority opinion for the Carter Coal case] ‘One who does a thing in order to avoid a monetary penalty does not agree; he yields to compulsion precisely the same as though he did so to avoid a term in jail.”
Jim Powell

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