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Thomas Sowell Quote: “People used to say, “Ignorance is no excuse.” Today, ignorance is no problem. After all, you have “a right to your own opinion” – and self-esteem to boot.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “You may have the right to live anyway you like, but you don’t have a right to have other people like it. Respect it or pay for it.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Whatever we wish to achieve in the future, it must begin by knowing where we are in the present- not where we wish we were, or whee we wish others to think we are, but where we are in fact.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The welfare state shields people from the consequences of their own mistakes, allowing irresponsibility to continue and to flourish among ever wider circles of people.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Politics is largely the process of taking credit and putting the blame on others – regardless of what the facts may be.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “I wish that some way could be found to add up all the staggering costs imposed on millions of ordinary people, just so a relative handful of self-righteous environmental cultists can go around feeling puffed up with themselves.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “By the end of the 20th century, “liberals” had again discredited themselves, to the point where they went back to calling themselves “progressives” to escape their past, much as people do when they declare bankruptcy.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices – paid by others.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “We know – or should know – what lies at the end of the road of racial polarization. A ‘race card’ is not something to play, because race is a very dangerous political plaything.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Where intellectuals have played a role in history, it has not been so much by whispering words of advice into the ears of political overlords as by contributing to the vast and powerful currents of conceptions and misconceptions that sweep human action along.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Whenever people talk glibly of a need to achieve educational “excellence,” I think of what an improvement it would be if our public schools could just achieve mediocrity.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Our schools and colleges are turning out people who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Facts do not speak for themselves. They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The only way anyone can have a right to something that has to be produced is to force someone else to produce it for him. The more things are provided as rights, the less the recipients have to work and the more others have to carry their load.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Why the transfer of decisions from those with personal experience and a stake in the outcome to those with neither can be expected to lead to better decisions is a question seldom asked, much less answered.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “People who decry the fact that businesses are in business “just to make money” seldom understand the implications of what they are saying. You make money by doing what other people want, not what you want.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “There are few talents so richly rewarded – especially in politics and the media – as the ability to portray parasites as victims, and portray demands for preferential treatment as struggles for equal rights.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Apparently the only people who are supposed to be responsible are the taxpayers – and they are increasingly made responsible for other people’s irresponsibility.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the most important skills for political success is the ability to make confident assertions of absurdities or lies.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The murder of a dozen innocent people is unquestionably a human tragedy. But that is no excuse for reacting blindly by preventing hundreds of thousands of other people from defending themselves against meeting the same fate.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Too often what are called “educated” people are simply people who have been sheltered from reality for years in ivy-covered buildings. Those whose whole careers have been spent in ivy-covered buildings, insulated by tenure, can remain adolescents on into their golden retirement years.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Those who cry out that the government should ‘do something’ never even ask for data on what has actually happened when the government did something, compared to what actually happened when the government did nothing.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “So many idealistic political movements for a better world have ended in mass-murdering dictatorships. Giving leaders enough power to create ‘social justice’ is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “In medicine, it has long been recognized that even a quack remedy that is harmless in itself can be fatal when it substitutes for an effective medication or treatment. The time is overdue for that same recognition to apply to politics.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Too many policies, programs and institutions are judged by what they are supposed to do, rather than by what they actually do and the consequences of their actions.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Differences in habits and attitudes are differences in human capital, just as much as differences in knowledge and skills – and such differences create differences in economic outcomes.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you have no right to disapprove, then your approval means nothing. It may indeed be distressing to someone to have you express your opinion that his lifestyle is disgusting and his art, music or writing is crude, shallow, or repugnant, but unless you are free to reach such conclusions, any praise you bestow is hollow and suspect.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Seldom do people think things through foolishly. More often, they do not bother to think things through at all, so that even brainy individuals can reach untenable conclusions because their brainpower means little if it is not deployed and applied.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “A shortage is a sign that somebody is keeping the price artificially lower than it would be if supply and demand were allowed to operate freely.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the first things taught in introductory statistics textbooks is that correlation is not causation. It is also one of the first things forgotten.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The real culprits are those who created a system that makes it dangerous to work and safe to loaf.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Alaska is much larger than France and Germany – combined. Yet its population is less than one-tenth that of New York City. Keep that in mind the next time you hear some environmentalist hysteria about the danger of “spoiling” Alaska by drilling for oil in an area smaller than Dulles Airport.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Government cannot solve all our problems, even in normal times, much less during a catastrophe of nature that reminds man how little he is, despite all his big talk.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Some people say that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. But the runaway taxes of our time are the price we pay for being gullible.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Money goes out first to pay expenses and then comes back as profits later – if at all. The high rate of failure of new businesses makes painfully clear that there is nothing inevitable about the money coming back.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you truly believe in the brotherhood of man, then you must believe that blacks are just as capable of being racists as whites are.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Civilization is an enormous device for economizing knowledge,.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “All of us should be on guard against beliefs that flatter ourselves. At the very least, we should check such beliefs against facts.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Just what is it that academics have to fear if they stand up for common decency, instead of letting campus barbarians run amok?”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The biggest difference between people is between those who are trying to do the right thing – whether or not they succeed – and those for whom the only question is how much they can get away with.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If politicians stopped meddling with things they don’t understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocates.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The concept of “microaggression” is just one of many tactics used to stifle differences of opinion by declaring some opinions to be “hate speech,” instead of debating those differences in a marketplace of ideas. To accuse people of aggression for not marching in lockstep with political correctness is to set the stage for justifying real aggression against them.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “As a young Marxist in college during the 1950s heyday of the anti-Communist crusade led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, I had more freedom to express my views in class, without fear of retaliation, than conservative students have on many campuses today.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “All too often, we do smart things only after exhausting every conceivable dumb thing we could have done.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “You have to have a sense of humor if you follow politics. Otherwise, the sheer fraudulence of it all will get you down.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Although I am ready to defend what I have said, many people expect me to defend what others have attributed to me.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the beauties of an economy coordinated by price movements is that nobody has to understand it in order for it to work.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The only people I truly envy are those who can play a musical instrument and those who can eat anything they want without gaining weight.”
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