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December 17th 2019

Death and taxes: famous quotes about taxation

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

Albert Einstein

"If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead... if you strike oil"

J. Paul Getty

"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 Churchill

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

Jean Baptiste Colbert

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

Herman Wouk

"What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin"

Mark Twain

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

Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

"...but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes"

Benjamin Franklin

"I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilisation"

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jnr

(on inheritance tax) "broadly speaking, a voluntary levy paid by those who distrust their heirs more than they dislike the Inland Revenue"

Roy Jenkins

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

John Maynard Keynes

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

Denis Healey

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul"

George Bernard Shaw

and finally...

"People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women"


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