Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind. Expediency and greed create high taxation, and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down.Charles Adams
We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work.Milton Friedman
Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.John Maynard Keynes
I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it goingGeorge Bernard Shaw
I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Taxes are the sinews of the state.Marcus Tullius Cicero
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.Calvin Coolidge
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.Gore Vidal
What Americans were really objecting to had nothing to do with constitutional principles. their objection was not to Parliament's constitutional right to levy certain kinds of taxes as opposed to others, but to its effort to collect any.Bernard Bailyn
We're not Republican or Democrat. We won't fold into one party or the other. We're a tax-paying party that can make a difference and a party of normal people who want change. Bigger government and higher taxes is not working. Right now we're at a real crossroads to make change, and the bottom line is there's never been so much disdain for politicians.Jon Scott Ashjian
This is the disease. This is the disease in America. It's not just spending, it's not just taxes, it's not just corruption. It is progressivism. And it is in both parties.Glenn Beck
As one of our colleagues recently put it, this Republican pledge of no new taxes is pure Bushlips. It's Bushlips when the president says 'No new taxes' and sends a budget requiring the Finance Committee to raise $20 billion in new revenues: $15 billion in taxes and $5 billion in user fees.Lloyd Millard Bentsen Jr.