If you tax too high, the revenue will yield nothing.
“Compensation,” Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
Taxes are a barbaric remnant of ancient times in which early farmers, tied to the land, no longer able to roam freely, unable to fight back with awkward agricultural tools the way they once could with hunting implements, became victims, first, of itinerant plunderers, then of bandits settling down beside them to become the governments we know today.l. neil smith
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes .Benjamin Franklin
To please universally was the object of his life; but to tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.Edmund Burke
Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without.Albert Camus
There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist the taxidermist leaves the hide.
Mr. Gladstone, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, had interrupted him in a description of his work on electricity to put the impatient inquiry: 'But, after all, what use is it?' Like a flash of lightning came the response: 'Why, sir, there is every probability that you will soon be able to tax it!'michael faraday
The American colonies, all know, were greatly opposed to taxation without representation. They were also, a less celebrated quality, equally opposed to taxation with representation.john kenneth galbraith
Death and taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them!Margaret Mitchell
The power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell
Printing money is merely taxation in another form. Rather than robbing citizens of their money, government robs their money of its purchasing power.peter schiff
Taxes are the chief business of a conqueror of the world.George Bernard Shaw
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.George Bernard Shaw
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
An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy.Daniel Webster
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.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.Benjamin Franklin
Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and the second law of thermodynamics. All three are processes in which useful or accessible forms of some quantity, such as energy or money, are transformed into useless, inaccessible forms of the same quantity. That is not to say that these three processes don't have fringe benefits: taxes pay for roads and schools; the second law of thermodynamics drives cars, computers and metabolism; and death, at the very least, opens up tenured faculty positions.seth lloyd