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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1790
AUTHOR: Michael Faraday (1791–1867)
QUOTATION: Mr. Gladstone, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, had interrupted him in a description of his work on electricity to put the impatient inquiry: ‘But, after all, what use is it?’ Like a flash of lightning came the response: ‘Why, sir, there is every probability that you will soon be able to tax it!’
ATTRIBUTION: MICHAEL FARADAY.—James Kendall, Michael Faraday, Man of Simplicity, Introduction, p. 14 (1955).
SUBJECTS: Taxation