The physical power to get the money does not seem to me a test of the right to tax. Might does not make right even in taxation. To hold that what the use of official authority may get the state may keep, and that if it cannot get hold of a nonresident stockholder it may hold the company as hostage for him, is strange constitutional doctrine to me.
A great nation betrayed the principles which have made it great, and thereby became hostage to hostage-takers.Daniel Ken Inouye
No young American in uniform should ever be held hostage to America's dependence on oil from the Middle East.
Cassidy had been drawn to the crime beat because of its guaranteed drama. It offered murders, kidnappings, armed robbery, and the occasional hostage situation. But predictable it wasn’t.lis wiehl
I can't remember ever feeling so glad that a movie was finally over. [Director George] Lucas may have held my imagination hostage for two hours, but reclaiming it afterward wasn't hard at all.stephanie zacharek
Our bodies hold our minds hostage to their whims and rhythms.Alain de Botton
If we give in to the terrorists we will have more skyjacking, and not merely from the Arabs...Whatever happenes to these hostages and I could easily have been one of them if we give in even more people will be taken hostage and more lives will be laid at risk.norman tebbit