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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1789
AUTHOR: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
QUOTATION: Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes. What a satire is this on government! Everywhere they think they get their money’s worth, except for these.
ATTRIBUTION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON, “Politics,” Essays: Second Series, in The Complete Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 1, p. 302 (1929).
SUBJECTS: Taxation