Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Thomas Sowell Quote: “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Social Engineering – The art of replacing what works with what sounds good.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.”


Thomas Sowell Quote: “There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “Nobody is equal to anybody. Even the same man is not equal to himself on different days.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “Ideas are everywhere, but knowledge is rare.”


Thomas Sowell Quote: “People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “Of all ignorance, the ignorance of the educated is the most dangerous. Not only are educated people likely to have more influence, they are the last people to suspect that they don’t know what they are talking about when they go outside their narrow fields.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “The same set of statistics can produce opposite conclusions at different levels of aggregation.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.”

Thomas Sowell Quote: “People who pride themselves on their “complexity” and deride others for being “simplistic” should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.”

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