An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


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


Peg Bracken (American author, "The I Hate To Cook Book")


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


Bernard Berenson (1865-1959, Lithuanian-born American artist)


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


Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977, German rocket pioneer)


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


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Read my lips: no new taxes.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


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


Tiberius Caesar (42 BC-37 AD, Roman emperor)


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 (1911-1968, British 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 (1762-1835, British journalist, reformer)


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 (1899-1973, British writer)


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


Thomas Robert Dewar


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


Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-, British Prince, husband of Queen Elizabeth II)


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Every advantage has its tax.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Friends and neighbors, the taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might 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; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us by allowing abatement.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


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


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


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 (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


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


Shelby Friedman


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


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


Denis Healey


Only little people pay taxes.


Leona Helmsley (1920-, American businesswoman)


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


Leona Helmsley (1920-, American businesswoman)


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


Andrew Jackson (1767-1845, American President (7th))


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


The promise of yesterday are the taxes of today.


Mackenzie King


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


Stephen King (1947-, American horror writer, actor)


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


Saul Landau


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


Joe E. Lewis (American writer)


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


Rush Limbaugh (1951-, American TV personality)


The power to tax is the power to destroy.


John Marshall (1755-1835, American jurist, statesman)


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 (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


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


Olin Miller


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


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949, American novelist)


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


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


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


Austin O'Malley


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


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


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


F. J. Raymond


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


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


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


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


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


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


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


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


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 (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


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


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, 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.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


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 (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


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


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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


Bill Vaughan (1915-1977, American author, journalist)


The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.


Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900, American author)


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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