Thomas Sowell Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Thomas Sowell Quotes and Sayings

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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Balanced budget requirements seem more likely to produce accounting ingenuity than genuinely balanced budgets. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Both free speech rights and property rights belong legally to individuals, but their real function is social, to benefit vast numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Imagine a political system so radical as to promise to move more of the poorest 20% of the population into the richest 20% than remain in the poorest bracket within the decade? You don't need to imagine it. It's called the United States of America. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Like a baseball game, wars are not over till they are over. Wars don't run on a clock like football. No previous generation was so hopelessly unrealistic that this had to be explained to them. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Mistakes can be corrected by those who pay attention to facts but dogmatism will not be corrected by those who are wedded to a vision. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Mystical references to society and its programs to help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    One of the most pervasive political visions of our time is the vision of liberals as compassionate and conservatives as less caring. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    People who identify themselves as conservatives donate money to charity more often than people who identify themselves as liberals. They donate more money and a higher percentage of their incomes. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Prices are important not because money is considered paramount but because prices are a fast and effective conveyor of information through a vast society in which fragmented knowledge must be coordinated. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Tariffs that save jobs in the steel industry mean higher steel prices, which in turn means fewer sales of American steel products around the world and losses of far more jobs than are saved. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology accepts blacks in the top ten percent of students, but at MIT this puts them in the bottom ten percent of the class. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    The real goal should be reduced government spending, rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising tax rates to cover ever rising spending. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    The real minimum wage is zero. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Too much of what is called "education" is little more than an expensive isolation from reality. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation? Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF
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    You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing. Thomas Sowell | Refcard PDF






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