Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) American jurist, Supreme Court Justice
Compania General De Tabacos De Filipinas v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 275 U.S. 87, 100, dissenting; opinion (21 Nov 1927)
Full text is "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure." References are also found (without citation) to a 1904 speech, "Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society" (this variation is quoted by the IRS above the entrance of their headquarters). Bartlett's (1980) cites the above case, but incorrectly claims it was in 1904. In Felix Frankfurter, Mr. Justice Holmes and the Supreme Court (1938), he is quoted as rebuking a secretary's query about hating to pay taxes: "No, young feller. I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization." More information here.