Letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 13. November 1789
Original engl.: ""Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.""
ähnlich zuvor Daniel Defoe: "[...] not the Man in the Moon, not the Groaning-Board, not the speaking of Fryar Bacon’s Brazen-Head, 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: The Devil not have a Cloven-Foot!" - The History of the Devil. London 1726. Part II, chap. VI. S. 269 )