Jean Baptiste Colbert Quote

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.”

~ Jean Baptiste Colbert

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin, Tx

That's exactly why we have the tax withheld from each paycheck instead of having it paid once a year all at once. The government bleeds you a little at a time.

jim k, Austin, Tx

This is known as the withholding tax and came about as a means to finance WW2. It was supposed to end after the war but it worked so well for the government that they just forgot to cancel it. It's like robbing you each paycheck instead of once on April 15th.

Mike, Norwalk

jim, said well. Ahh yes larceny taken to an art form.

E Archer, NYC

Taxation in a nutshell. ;-) The next thing to do is to convince the goose that he needs no feathers at all.

bmw, Andrews

Taxation is robbery without a gun

J Carlton, Calgary

Actually IS robbery with a gun. Try not paying the property taxes levied on you...eventually you will be evicted by people who will bring the police. Why do they bring the police? Because the police bring "guns". Robbery at Gunpoint.

cal, Lewisville

Take everything from the people all at once and they will revolt immediately . So they just chip it away from us a little at a time.


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