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—A Dictionary of the English Language, 1766, by Samuel Johnson
We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly, than we are taxed by government.
To load with a burden or burdens.
To assess, fix or determine judicially, as the amount of cost on actions in court; as, the court taxes bills of cost.
To charge; to censure; to accuse; usually followed by with; as, to tax a man with pride. He was taxed with presumption.
—The American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828, by Noah Webster
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."