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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, October 27, 2017

Writers on Taxes: Quotations of Death and Humor From Plato to John Grisham

Tax-BurdenThe modern American has come to accept the yearly ritual of paying taxes as a unpleasant, but routine, requirement. The yoke of this ever-changing encumbrance has been borne and carried by citizens throughout history. The following are a few famous perspectives considering the effect and burden of taxes:

“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.”— Herman Wouk 

“Dear Mr. President, Internal Revenue regulations will turn us into a nation of bookkeepers. The life of every citizen is becoming a business. This, it seems to me, is one of the worst interpretations of the meaning of human life history has ever seen. Man's life is not a business.”— Saul Bellow, Herzog, 1964

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

See Julian Block, Writers on Taxes: Quotations of Death and Humor From Plato to John Grisham, accountingweb, August 21, 2017.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.) for bringing this article to my attention.




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