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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.”

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



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

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.

— Thomas Sowell


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.”

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


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

Nobody is equal to anybody. Even the same man is not equal to himself on different days.

— Thomas Sowell


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

There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.

— Thomas Sowell


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

Social Engineering – The art of replacing what works with what sounds good.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Racism is not dead, but it is on life support – kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ‘racists’”

Racism is not dead, but it is on life support – kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ‘racists’

— Thomas Sowell


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.”

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


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

When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.

— Thomas Sowell


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

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.

— Thomas Sowell



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.”

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


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

Ideas are everywhere, but knowledge is rare.

— Thomas Sowell


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.”

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


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest.”

Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest.

— Thomas Sowell


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

It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.

— Thomas Sowell


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

The same set of statistics can produce opposite conclusions at different levels of aggregation.

— Thomas Sowell


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

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.

— Thomas Sowell


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.”

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


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.”

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


Thomas Sowell Quote: “What exactly is your ‘fair share’ of what ‘someone else’ has worked for?”

What exactly is your ‘fair share’ of what ‘someone else’ has worked for?

— Thomas Sowell


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