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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: “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: “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: “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: “Deception is one of the quickest ways to gain little things and lose big things.”

Deception is one of the quickest ways to gain little things and lose big things.

— 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


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: “Economics is a study of cause-and-effect relationships in an economy. It’s purpose is to discern the consequences of various ways of allocating resources which have alternative uses. It has nothing to say about philosophy or values, anymore than it has to say about music or literature.”

Economics is a study of cause-and-effect relationships in an economy. It’s purpose is to discern the consequences of various ways of allocating resources which have alternative uses. It has nothing to say about philosophy or values, anymore than it has to say about music or literature.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.’”

The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.’

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “In this era of political correctness, some people seem unaware that being squeamish about words can mean being blind to realities.”

In this era of political correctness, some people seem unaware that being squeamish about words can mean being blind to realities.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.”

Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.

— Thomas Sowell


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.”

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


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.”

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.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “It doesn’t matter how smart you are unless you stop and think.”

It doesn’t matter how smart you are unless you stop and think.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Sometimes it seems as if there are more solutions than problems. On closer scrutiny, it turns out that many of today’s problems are a result of yesterday’s solutions.”

Sometimes it seems as if there are more solutions than problems. On closer scrutiny, it turns out that many of today’s problems are a result of yesterday’s solutions.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”

The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.”

Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “In the long run, the greatest weapon of mass destruction is stupidity.”

In the long run, the greatest weapon of mass destruction is stupidity.

— Thomas Sowell


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

The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Intellect is not wisdom.”

Intellect is not wisdom.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.”

Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”

The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “The law of diminishing returns means that even the most beneficial prinicple will become harmful if carried far enough.”

The law of diminishing returns means that even the most beneficial prinicple will become harmful if carried far enough.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.”

What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “ANYONE who studies the history of ideas should notice how much more often people on the political left, more so than others, denigrate and demonize those who disagree with them – instead of answering their arguments.”

ANYONE who studies the history of ideas should notice how much more often people on the political left, more so than others, denigrate and demonize those who disagree with them – instead of answering their arguments.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “It is so easy to be wrong-and to persist in being wrong-when the costs of being wrong are paid by others.”

It is so easy to be wrong-and to persist in being wrong-when the costs of being wrong are paid by others.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.”

You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “The freedom of America is the freedom to live your own life and take your own chances.”

The freedom of America is the freedom to live your own life and take your own chances.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected.”

In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.”

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do.”

People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race?”

What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race?

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.”

The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”

The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again.”

One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again.

— Thomas Sowell


Thomas Sowell Quote: “Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.”

Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.

— Thomas Sowell

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