nothing is certain but death and taxes

1726 DEFOE Hist. Devil II. vi. Not the Man in the Moon,..not the Inspiration of Mother Shipton, or the Miracles of Dr. Faustus, Things as certain as Death and Taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.

1789 B. FRANKLIN Letter 13 Nov. in Writings (1907) X. 69 In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

1939 L. I. WILDER By Shores of Silver Lake xxv. Everything’s more or less a gamble... Nothing is certain but death and taxes.

2001 Washington Times 20 Dec. C10 In 1789, Benjamin Franklin said, ‘In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.’ Well, there is one way to avoid capital-gains taxes on investments—hold them until you die.

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