Death and Taxes
History of the Phrase:
- The first credited with the phrase was Daniel Defoe, in The Political History of the Devil, in which he wrote, "Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed."
- Benjamin Franklin used the form we are currently more familiar with, re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, in which he wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
- Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life, A Final Account by Eugene O'Kelly
- The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses Including Health, Career, and Faith by John W. James
- On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kü̈bler-Ross