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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1796
AUTHOR: George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
QUOTATION: A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
ATTRIBUTION: GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Everybody’s Political What’s What?, chapter 30, p. 256 (1944).

Shaw wrote this book “to track down some of the mistakes that have landed us in a gross misdistribution of domestic income and two world wars in twentyfive years” (p. 1).
SUBJECTS: Taxation