Quotes on the evils of taxation

November 5, 2007

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. – Thomas Jefferson

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. – Ronald Reagan (1986)

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. – Mark Twain

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw


Intaxication- euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with

The best government is the one that charges you the least blackmail for leaving you alone. – Thomas Rudmose-Brown (1996)

“I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible.”
– Milton Friedman

Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more. – Allan H. Meltzer (1993)

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 Heinlein