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Quotes From History

November 21, 2008

I know the campaign season is over, but the following resonated with me sometime around mid-October:

“I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.” – Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

Apparently this derives from a conversation between Holmes and a younger secretary.

The quote is from Felix Frankfurter, Mr. Justice Holmes and the Supreme Court, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1961), 71. [Hat tip] The first edition came out in 1938.

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  1. Thanks for the nice quotes. it was fun.


  2. I love history very much.From this post I got nice quotes. It is great feeling to get that quotes. thanks a lot


  3. Great to know the quotes from the history. Good post. Keep it up.


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