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  • "Writing checks to the IRS that include strings of zeros does not bother me … Overall, we feel extraordinarily lucky to have been dealt a hand in life that enables us to write large checks to the government rather than one requiring the government to regularly write checks to us—say, because we are disabled or unemployed."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: Chairman’s letter to shareholders, Berkshire Hathaway 1998 Annual Report (March 1, 1999)
  • "Taxes will eventually become a voluntary process, with the possible exception of real estate—the one physical thing that does not move easily and has computable value … wait until that's all there is left to tax, when the rest of the things we buy and sell come from everywhere, anywhere, and nowhere."
    Nicholas Negroponte (1943–), US academic, cofounder of the MIT Media Lab, and founder of the One Laptop Per Child organization
    Referring to the prospects for taxing Internet commerce.
    Source: “Taxing Taxes,” Wired (May 6, 1998)
  • "Sex and taxes are in many ways the same. Tax does to cash what males do to genes. It dispenses assets among the population as a whole."
    Steve Jones (1944–), British geneticist
    Source: Speech, London (January 25, 1997)
  • "President Herbert Hoover returned his salary to government. His idea caught on and now we're all doing it."
    Sam Ewing (19202001), US author
    Referring to taxation.
    Source: Quoted in the Wall Street Journal (July 23, 1996)
  • "Patrick Henry railed against taxation without representation. He should see it with representation."
    Saul Landau (1936–), US moviemaker and writer
    Source: New York Times (1995)
  • "The Rich aren't like us—they pay less taxes."
    Peter De Vries (19101993), US novelist and short-story writer
    Source: Washington Post (July 30, 1989)
  • "Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation."
    Milton Friedman (19122006), US economist and winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economics
    Source: Observer (London) (September 22, 1974)
  • "All money nowadays seems to be produced with a homing instinct for the Treasury."
    Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh) (1921–), British consort of Queen Elizabeth II
    Source: Quoted in the Observer (London) (May 26, 1963)
  • "To tax and to please is no more given to man than to love and be wise."
    John, Viscount Simon (18731954), British foreign secretary and chancellor of the exchequer
    Source: Budget speech, House of Commons, British Parliament (April 25, 1938)
  • "Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf."
    Will Rogers (18791935), US actor, columnist, and humorist
    Source: The Illiterate Digest (1924)
  • "The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax."
    Albert Einstein (18791955), German-born US physicist
    Source: Attributed

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