Henry David Thoreau refused to pay his taxes until slavery was abolished. When he was put in jail, his friend and benefactor, Ralph Waldo Emerson (who owned Walden Pond where Thoreau wrote his famous book, “Walden”) came to visit him.
|Ralph W. Emerson|
“What are you doing in there?” asked Emerson.
“What are you doing out there?” replied Thoreau.
Ronald Reagan said that the most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
Thoreau expressed a similar train of thought when he wrote, “I was never molested by any person but those who represented the State,” and “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”