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Thomas Sowell Quote: “An inmate in a Florida prison wrote to agree with me on the availability of guns, saying that a ‘criminal can and will get a stolen gun faster than you can get your car washed.’ He also points out that many criminals prefer guns gotten illegally, since they will be harder to trace.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “People in the political world have every incentive to say things that lead voters away from a clear economic understanding of issues. What has happened more and more is that organized groups have more and more reasons to say things that don’t make any economic sense.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The simplest and most psychologically satisfying explanation of any observed phenomenon is that it happened that way because someone wanted it to happen that way.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Each day, as I take various pills, I realize that without those pills I might not be alive – and, if I were, life would not be worth living. Yet those who produce these medications are under constant attack from people who produce nothing.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The principles applied in economic processes are general social principles.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The biggest and most deadly ‘tax’ rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits – food stamps, housing subsidies and the like – if their income goes up.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Nothing is easier than to get peaceful people to renounce violence, even when they provide no concrete ways to prevent violence from others.”
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. People with careers as ethnic leaders usually tell their followers what they want to hear.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Pedestrians never seem to realize that they are a threat to the safety of cars.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “While “greed” is one of the most popular – and most fallacious – explanations of the very high salaries of corporate executives, when your salary depends on what other people are willing to pay you, you can be the greediest person on earth and that will not raise your pay in the slightest. Any serious explanation of corporate executives’ salaries must be based on the reasons for those salaries being offered, not the reasons why the recipients desire them.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If facts, logic, and scientific procedures are all just arbitrarily “socially constructed” notions, then all that is left is consensus – more specifically peer consensus, the kind of consensus that matters to adolescents or to many among the intelligentsia.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Economics is concerned with what emerges, not what anyone intended.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Unbounded morality ultimately becomes counterproductive even in terms of the same moral principles being sought. The law of diminishing returns applies to morality.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Freedom must be distinguished from democracy, with which it is often confused.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The more adaptability exists for a given kind of decision, the less risky it is to make plans for the future, and therefore the more likely it is that more people will make more plans in such areas.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Too many people in Washington are full of themselves, among other things that they are full of.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Piketty’s crucial misstep is verbally converting a fluid process over time into a rigid structure, with a more or less permanent top one percent living isolated from the rest of society that is supposedly subjected to their control or influence. It is a vision divorced from demonstrable facts, however consonant it may be with prevailing preconceptions.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Let’s face it, most of us are not half as smart as we may sometimes think we are – and for intellectuals, not one-tenth as smart.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Although much of the media have their antennae out to pick up anything that might be construed as racism against blacks, they resolutely ignore even the most blatant racism by blacks against others.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Government restrictions are attractive to people who want to impose their pet notions without having to count the costs.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Ego trips by coteries of self-exalting people are treated in the media as idealism, rather than the petty tyranny it is.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “To say that ‘wealth in America is so unfairly distributed in America,’ as Ronald Dworkin does, is grossly misleading when most wealth in the United States is not distributed: at all. People create it, earn it, save it, and spend it.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the ways of understanding the consequences of economic decisions is to look at them in terms of the incentives they create, rather than simply the goals they pursue.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Japan, newly emerging on the world scene in the late nineteenth century, sought its science and engineering in Scotland.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Compassion is good but politicians have turned compassion into the welfare state.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Creating whole departments of ethnic, gender, and other ‘studies’ was part of the price of academic peace. All too often, these ‘studies’ are about propaganda rather than serious education.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “No one chooses which culture to be born into or can be blamed for how that culture evolved in past centuries.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “There is nothing that politicians like better than handing out benefits to be paid for by someone else.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Suppose you are wrong? How would you know? How would you test for that possibility?”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Most variables can show either an upward or downward trend, depending on the base year chosen.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “With blacks as with whites, the redneck culture has been a less achieving culture. Moreover, that culture has affected a higher proportion of the black population than of the white population, since only about one-third of all whites lived in the antebellum South, while nine-tenths of all blacks did.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “I’m always embarrassed when people say that I’m courageous. Soldiers are courageous. Policemen are courageous. Firemen are courageous. I just have a thick hide and disregard what silly people say.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “A society in which such decisions can only be made by males has thrown away half of its knowledge, talents, and insights.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The virtually unanimous support of bilingualism among Hispanic activists, “leaders” and “spokesmen” – in contrast to Hispanic parents – is understandable only in terms of the self-interest of those activists, “leaders” and “spokesmen,” who benefit from the preservation of a separate ethnic enclave, preferably alienated from the larger society.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The stricter standards and independent, often conclusive, evidence in the physical sciences cannot be generalized to intellectual activity as a whole, even though the aura of scientific processes and results is often appropriated by other intellectuals.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Those government officials who want more power are not going to stop unless they get stopped.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Some full professors could more accurately be described as empty professors.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Anyone who does not understand the utter cynicism of politics does not understand politics.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Epithets like “fascist” and “imperialist stooge” became common currency, along with unbridled expressions of tribal chauvinism.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The idea that money is corrupting innocent politicians would be laughable if it did not lead to such dangerous legislation...”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Should a professor of accounting or chemistry be fired for using up class time to sound off about homelessness or the war in Iraq? Yes! There is no high moral principle that prevents it. What prevents it are tenure rules that have saddled so many colleges with so many self-indulgent prima donnas who seem to think that they are philosopher kings, when in fact they are often grossly ignorant or misinformed outside the narrow confines of their particular specialty.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “When it is proclaimed that one must become more “sensitive” to various ethnic, linguistic, sexual, or lifestyle groups, neither a reason nor a definition usually accompanies this opaque imperative.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “How much more of an injustice is it that people who work get more money than people who don’t work?”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The left’s obsession with the high incomes of corporate executives never seems to extend to equally high – or higher – incomes of professional athletes, entertainers, or best-selling authors like Danielle Steel.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The initial wealth of a group and its time of arrival are obviously important, as many wealthy “old families ” show, but the Jews arrived late and penniless in the nineteenth century and are now more affluent than any other ethnic group.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Many people, including some conservatives, have been very impressed with how brainy the president and his advisers are. But that is not quite as reassuring as it might seem.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “But his was an understandable mistake, given how little attention is paid to accuracy in history and how often history is used as just a propaganda tool in current controversies.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Actually lowering the cost of insurance would be accomplished by such things as making it harder for lawyers to win frivolous lawsuits against insurance companies.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The fact that the market is not doing what we wish it would do is no reason to automatically assume that the government would do better.”
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