[Ads-l] Jean-Baptiste Colbert Quotation

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 4 12:55:43 EST 2017

In the Yale Book of Quotations, I included the quotation by Jean-Baptiste Colbert beginning (in translation) "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to procure ... "  I cited this from a 1919 secondary source.

I am told by a correspondent that occurrences of this quotation in Google Books go back at least to 1888.  Can anyone help me push it back further, in either French or English?

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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