Tax day

Published 10:44 am Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We all have pretty strong opinions when it comes to paying taxes, and most have little problem sharing how they feel. Now that Tax Day – April 15 – has come and gone, here’s how a few of history’s more notable thinkers felt about paying their taxes.

Hopefully, their comments make you feel a little better, for as they say misery loves company.

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

—Thomas Jefferson

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves privileges out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits­—with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy—to be followed by a dictatorship.”

— Alexander Fraser Tytler

“When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.”


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

—Albert Einstein

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

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

—Mark Twain

“The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.”

—Will Rogers