Monday, April 15, 2013

QotD: "Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society" Oliver Wendell Holmes (attributed)

In case you were wondering why you were doing your taxes today!

Reportedly said by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in a speech in 1904. Alternately phrased as "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure", Compania General De Tabacos De Filipinas v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 275 U.S. 87, 100, dissenting; opinion (21 November 1927).

The first variation, "Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society", is quoted by the IRS above the entrance to their headquarters at 1111 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC


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