Quotes on Taxes

Difference Between Taxes and Theft

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit ... Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. ... He does not keep "protecting" you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that.

-- Lysander Spooner, in No Treason (1870).

Adams on Public Debt

The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.

-- President of the United States John Adams, First Annual Address, November 22, 1797