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The greatest disloyalty one can offer to great pioneers is to refuse to
move an inch from where they stood.
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The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
-- Albert Einstein
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The hater of property and of government takes care to have his warranty
deed recorded, and the book written against fame and learning has the
author's name on the title page.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1831
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The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality
of functions performed by private citizens.
-- Alexis de Tocqueville
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The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf
has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know
when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr.
-- Will Rogers
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The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
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The introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the
whole state, for styles of music are never disturbed without affecting
the most important political institutions. ... The new style, gradually
gaining a lodgement, quitely insinuates itself into manners and customs,
and from it ... goes on to attack laws and constitutions, displaying the
utmost impudence, until it ends by overturning everything.
-- Plato, "Republic", 370 B.C.
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The IRS spends God knows how much of your tax money on these toll-free
information hot lines staffed by IRS employees, whose idea of a dynamite tax
tip is that you should print neatly. If you ask them a real tax question,
such as how you can cheat, they're useless.
So, for guidance, you want to look to big business. Big business never pays
a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer
organization that never pays a nickel in taxes...
-- Dave Barry, "Sweating Out Taxes"
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The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free.
-- Henry David Thoreau
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The Least Successful Executions
History has furnished us with two executioners worthy of attention.
The first performed in Sydney in Australia. In 1803 three attempts were
made to hang a Mr. Joseph Samuels. On the first two of these the rope
snapped, while on the third Mr. Samuels just hung there peacefully until he
and everyone else got bored. Since he had proved unsusceptible to capital
punishment, he was reprieved.
The most important British executioner was Mr. James Berry who
tried three times in 1885 to hang Mr. John Lee at Exeter Jail, but on each
occasion failed to get the trap door open.
In recognition of this achievement, the Home Secretary commuted
Lee's sentence to "life" imprisonment. He was released in 1917, emigrated
to America and lived until 1933.
-- Stephen Pile, "The Book of Heroic Failures"