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Wikipedia Summary for Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell (born June 30, 1930) is an American economist, social theorist, and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

Born in North Carolina, Sowell grew up in Harlem, New York. Due to financial issues and deteriorated home conditions, he dropped out of Stuyvesant High School and later served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Upon returning to the United States, Sowell enrolled at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1958. He received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1959, and earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago in 1968.

Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked at think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he served as the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy. Sowell writes from a libertarian–conservative perspective. Sowell has written more than thirty books, and his work has been widely anthologized. He is a National Humanities Medal recipient for innovative scholarship which incorporated history, economics and political science.

Quote: If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.


Quote: If you believe in equal rights, then what do women's rights, gay rights, etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If you believe in equal rights, then what do women's rights, gay rights, etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.


Quote: In Washington, the clearer a statement is, the more certain it is to be followed by a 'clarification' when people realize what was said. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

In Washington, the clearer a statement is, the more certain it is to be followed by a 'clarification' when people realize what was said.


Quote: Economics is concerned with what emerges, not what anyone intended. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Economics is concerned with what emerges, not what anyone intended.


Quote: It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

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


Quote: Sports are the reason I am out of shape. I watch them all on TV. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Sports are the reason I am out of shape. I watch them all on TV.


Quote: Rhetoric is no substitute for reality. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Rhetoric is no substitute for reality.


Quote: Balanced budget requirements seem more likely to produce
accounting ingenuity than genuinely balanced budgets. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Balanced budget requirements seem more likely to produce
accounting ingenuity than genuinely balanced budgets.


Quote: It is hard to read a newspaper or watch a television newscast without encountering someone who has come up with a new 'solution' to society's 'problems.' by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

It is hard to read a newspaper or watch a television newscast without encountering someone who has come up with a new 'solution' to society's 'problems.'


Quote: Racism has never done this country any good, and it needs to be fought against, not put under new management for different groups. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Racism has never done this country any good, and it needs to be fought against, not put under new management for different groups.


Quote: Progress in general seems to hold little interest for people who call themselves 'progressives.' What arouses them are denunciations of social failures and accusations of wrong-doing. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Progress in general seems to hold little interest for people who call themselves 'progressives.' What arouses them are denunciations of social failures and accusations of wrong-doing.


Quote: The strongest argument for socialism is that it sounds good. The strongest argument against socialism is that it doesn't work. But those who live by words will always have a soft spot in their hearts for socialism because it sounds so good. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The strongest argument for socialism is that it sounds good. The strongest argument against socialism is that it doesn't work. But those who live by words will always have a soft spot in their hearts for socialism because it sounds so good.


Quote: Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today?


Quote: One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people's motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans -- anything except reason. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people's motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans -- anything except reason.


Quote: One of the most important skills for political success is the ability to make confident assertions of absurdities or lies. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

One of the most important skills for political success is the ability to make confident assertions of absurdities or lies.


Quote: Nobody would put as little thought and effort into buying an automobile as they put into deciding who to elect as President of the United States. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Nobody would put as little thought and effort into buying an automobile as they put into deciding who to elect as President of the United States.


Quote: While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: Barack Obama has not only said that he is out to 'change the United States of America,' the people he has been associated with for years have expressed in words and deeds their hostility to the values, the principles and the people of this country. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Barack Obama has not only said that he is out to 'change the United States of America,' the people he has been associated with for years have expressed in words and deeds their hostility to the values, the principles and the people of this country.


Quote: Nothing is easier than to get peaceful people to renounce violence, even when they provide no concrete ways to prevent violence from others. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Nothing is easier than to get peaceful people to renounce violence, even when they provide no concrete ways to prevent violence from others.


Quote: Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.




Quote: Time was when people used to brag about how old they were -- and I am old enough to remember it. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Time was when people used to brag about how old they were -- and I am old enough to remember it.


Quote: Experience trumps brilliance. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Experience trumps brilliance.


Quote: One undeniable accomplishment of Bill Clinton's presidency was that it kept Jimmy Carter from being the worst U.S. president in history. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

One undeniable accomplishment of Bill Clinton's presidency was that it kept Jimmy Carter from being the worst U.S. president in history.


Quote: You cannot measure opportunities by outcomes. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

You cannot measure opportunities by outcomes.






Quote: When you start off by telling those who disagree with you that they are not merely in error but in sin, how much of a dialogue do you expect? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

When you start off by telling those who disagree with you that they are not merely in error but in sin, how much of a dialogue do you expect?


Quote: One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.


Quote: The government is indeed an institution, but the market is nothing more than an option for each individual to chose among numerous existing institutions, or to fashion new arrangements suited to his own situation and taste. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The government is indeed an institution, but the market is nothing more than an option for each individual to chose among numerous existing institutions, or to fashion new arrangements suited to his own situation and taste.


Quote: Clearly, only very unequal intellectual and moral standing could justify having equality imposed, whether the people want it or not, as Dworkin suggests, and only very unequal power would make it possible. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Clearly, only very unequal intellectual and moral standing could justify having equality imposed, whether the people want it or not, as Dworkin suggests, and only very unequal power would make it possible.


Quote: There have always been ignorant people, but they haven't always had college degrees to make them unaware of their ignorance. Some people imagine that they are well informed because they have memorized a whole galaxy of trendy dogmas and fashionable attitudes. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

There have always been ignorant people, but they haven't always had college degrees to make them unaware of their ignorance. Some people imagine that they are well informed because they have memorized a whole galaxy of trendy dogmas and fashionable attitudes.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: The very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?


Quote: The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity.


Quote: A lot of what is called 'public service' consists of making hoops for other people to jump through. It is a great career for those who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

A lot of what is called 'public service' consists of making hoops for other people to jump through. It is a great career for those who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do.




Quote: Those who founded the United States of America, and wrote the Constitution, saw property rights as essential for safeguarding all other rights. The right to free speech, for example, would be meaningless if criticisms of the authorities could lead to whatever you owned being seized in retaliation. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: Those who founded the United States of America, and wrote the Constitution, saw property rights as essential for safeguarding all other rights. The right to free speech, for example, would be meaningless if criticisms of the authorities could lead to whatever you owned being seized in retaliation.- black text on quotes background

Those who founded the United States of America, and wrote the Constitution, saw property rights as essential for safeguarding all other rights. The right to free speech, for example, would be meaningless if criticisms of the authorities could lead to whatever you owned being seized in retaliation.


Quote: The desire to order other people around and make them conform to one own's vision takes many forms. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The desire to order other people around and make them conform to one own's vision takes many forms.




Quote: Any policy is a success by sufficiently low standards and a failure by sufficiently high standards. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Any policy is a success by sufficiently low standards and a failure by sufficiently high standards.


Quote: Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored.


Quote: Nothing is easier than to find some individuals--in any group--who share a given writer's opinion, and to quote such individuals as if their views were typical. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Nothing is easier than to find some individuals--in any group--who share a given writer's opinion, and to quote such individuals as if their views were typical.


Quote: Virtually everything that the government does costs more than when the same thing is done in private industry -- whether it is building housing, running prisons, collecting garbage, or innumerable other things. Why in the world would we imagine that health care would be the exception? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: Virtually everything that the government does costs more than when the same thing is done in private industry -- whether it is building housing, running prisons, collecting garbage, or innumerable other things. Why in the world would we imagine that health care would be the exception?- black text on quotes background

Virtually everything that the government does costs more than when the same thing is done in private industry -- whether it is building housing, running prisons, collecting garbage, or innumerable other things. Why in the world would we imagine that health care would be the exception?


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: The inefficiency of political control of an economy has been demonstrated more often, in more places, and under more varied conditions, than almost anything outside the realm of pure science. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The inefficiency of political control of an economy has been demonstrated more often, in more places, and under more varied conditions, than almost anything outside the realm of pure science.




Quote: Much of what sophisticates loftily refer to as the complexityof the real world is in fact the inconsistency in their own minds. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Much of what sophisticates loftily refer to as the complexityof the real world is in fact the inconsistency in their own minds.


Quote: Before the Iraq war I was quite disturbed by some of the neoconservatives, who were saying things like, What is the point of being a superpower if you can't do such-and-such, take on these responsibilities? The point of being a superpower is that people will leave you alone. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

Before the Iraq war I was quite disturbed by some of the neoconservatives, who were saying things like, What is the point of being a superpower if you can't do such-and-such, take on these responsibilities? The point of being a superpower is that people will leave you alone.


Quote: What the political left, even in democratic countries, share is the notion that knowledgeable and virtuous people like themselves have both a right and a duty to use the power of government to impose their superior knowledge and virtue on others. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

What the political left, even in democratic countries, share is the notion that knowledgeable and virtuous people like themselves have both a right and a duty to use the power of government to impose their superior knowledge and virtue on others.


Quote: There is nothing so bad that politics cannot make it worse. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

There is nothing so bad that politics cannot make it worse.


Quote: No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: 'But what would you replace it with?' When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: 'But what would you replace it with?' When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?


Quote: Organizational progress parallels that in science and technology, permitting ultimate simplicity through intermediate complexity. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Organizational progress parallels that in science and technology, permitting ultimate simplicity through intermediate complexity.


Quote: Many have blamed the gasoline shortages and long lines at filling stations in 1973 on the Arab Oil embargo of that year. However, the shortages and long lines began months before the Arab oil embargo, right after price controls were imposed. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Many have blamed the gasoline shortages and long lines at filling stations in 1973 on the Arab Oil embargo of that year. However, the shortages and long lines began months before the Arab oil embargo, right after price controls were imposed.


Quote: France has never gotten over the fact that it was once a great power and is now just a great nuisance. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

France has never gotten over the fact that it was once a great power and is now just a great nuisance.


Quote: No one chooses which culture to be born into or can be blamed for how that culture evolved in past centuries. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

No one chooses which culture to be born into or can be blamed for how that culture evolved in past centuries.




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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: I am so old that I can remember when liberals were liberal -- instead of being intolerant of anything and anybody that is not politically correct. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

I am so old that I can remember when liberals were liberal -- instead of being intolerant of anything and anybody that is not politically correct.


Quote: If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: Ideological bigotry has become the norm on even our most prestigious campuses, where students can go for years without reading or hearing anything that challenges the left vision. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Ideological bigotry has become the norm on even our most prestigious campuses, where students can go for years without reading or hearing anything that challenges the left vision.


Quote: You do not need proof for what people want to believe. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

You do not need proof for what people want to believe.


Quote: If you don't believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If you don't believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children.


Quote: The reason so many problems do not get solved in Washington is that solving those problems is not the No. 1 priority: Re-election is. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The reason so many problems do not get solved in Washington is that solving those problems is not the No. 1 priority: Re-election is.


Quote: Against the background of the Obama administration' s negotiating what can turn out to be the most catastrophic international agreement in the nation's history, to complain about protocol is to put questions of etiquette above questions of annihilation. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Against the background of the Obama administration' s negotiating what can turn out to be the most catastrophic international agreement in the nation's history, to complain about protocol is to put questions of etiquette above questions of annihilation.




Quote: It is amazing how many people think that they can answer an argument by attributing bad motives to those who disagree with them. Using this kind of reasoning, you can believe or not believe anything about anything, without having to bother to deal with facts or logic. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

It is amazing how many people think that they can answer an argument by attributing bad motives to those who disagree with them. Using this kind of reasoning, you can believe or not believe anything about anything, without having to bother to deal with facts or logic.


Quote: Envy plus rhetoric equals social justice. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Envy plus rhetoric equals social justice.


Quote: Students are often in no position to judge 'relevance' until long after the fact. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Students are often in no position to judge 'relevance' until long after the fact.


Quote: Relevance is not something you can predict. It is something you discover after the fact. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Relevance is not something you can predict. It is something you discover after the fact.


Quote: Why is history important? Without history, many people have no idea how many of today's half-baked ideas have been tried, again and again -- and have repeatedly led to disaster. Most of these ideas are not new. They are just being recycled with re-treaded rhetoric. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

Why is history important? Without history, many people have no idea how many of today's half-baked ideas have been tried, again and again -- and have repeatedly led to disaster. Most of these ideas are not new. They are just being recycled with re-treaded rhetoric.


Quote: I'm so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

I'm so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.


Quote: The people I feel sorry for are those who insist on continuing to do what they have always done but want the results to be different from what they have always been. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The people I feel sorry for are those who insist on continuing to do what they have always done but want the results to be different from what they have always been.


Quote: Someone once said that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. That may have been true when he said it, but today taxes are mostly the price we pay so that politicians can play Santa Claus and get reelected. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Someone once said that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. That may have been true when he said it, but today taxes are mostly the price we pay so that politicians can play Santa Claus and get reelected.


Quote: Whether Barack Obama is simply incompetent as president or has some hidden agenda to undermine this country, at home and abroad, he has nearly everything he needs to ruin America, including a fool for a vice president. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Whether Barack Obama is simply incompetent as president or has some hidden agenda to undermine this country, at home and abroad, he has nearly everything he needs to ruin America, including a fool for a vice president.


Quote: We enjoy freedom and the rule of law on which it depends, not because we deserve it, but because others before us put their lives on the line to defend it. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

We enjoy freedom and the rule of law on which it depends, not because we deserve it, but because others before us put their lives on the line to defend it.


Quote: As an economist, whenever I hear the word shortage I wait for the other shoe to drop. That other shoe is usually price control. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

As an economist, whenever I hear the word shortage I wait for the other shoe to drop. That other shoe is usually price control.


Quote: The economic disasters of socialism and communism come from assuming a blanket superiority of those who want to run a whole economy. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The economic disasters of socialism and communism come from assuming a blanket superiority of those who want to run a whole economy.


Quote: We should listen first and foremost to our own experience We should stop looking for saviors.Society has not existed for thousands of years because it had a succession of saviors. It's existed because it has institutions and processes through which people can realize their own goals. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: We should listen first and foremost to our own experience We should stop looking for saviors.Society has not existed for thousands of years because it had a succession of saviors. It's existed because it has institutions and processes through which people can realize their own goals.- black text on quotes background

We should listen first and foremost to our own experience We should stop looking for saviors.Society has not existed for thousands of years because it had a succession of saviors. It's existed because it has institutions and processes through which people can realize their own goals.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.








Quote: Too often the past has been twisted to fit the visions and agendas of the present. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Too often the past has been twisted to fit the visions and agendas of the present.


Quote: In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees.


Quote: Child poverty in the United States declined after the work requirement was put in there. People realized that they had to work and people went out and worked and they got off welfare. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Child poverty in the United States declined after the work requirement was put in there. People realized that they had to work and people went out and worked and they got off welfare.


Quote: Freedom is unlikely to be lost all at once and openly. It is far more likely to be eroded away, bit by bit, amid glittering promises and expressions of noble ideals. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Freedom is unlikely to be lost all at once and openly. It is far more likely to be eroded away, bit by bit, amid glittering promises and expressions of noble ideals.


Quote: What all these lofty and vague phrases boil down to is that the court can impose things that the voters don't want and the Constitution does not require, but which are in vogue in circles to which the court responds. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

What all these lofty and vague phrases boil down to is that the court can impose things that the voters don't want and the Constitution does not require, but which are in vogue in circles to which the court responds.




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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: Someone once said that the most important knowledge is knowledge of our own ignorance. Our schools are depriving millions of students of that kind of knowledge by promoting self-esteem and encouraging them to have opinions on things of which they are grossly ignorant, if not misinformed. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: Someone once said that the most important knowledge is knowledge of our own ignorance. Our schools are depriving millions of students of that kind of knowledge by promoting self-esteem and encouraging them to have opinions on things of which they are grossly ignorant, if not misinformed.- black text on quotes background

Someone once said that the most important knowledge is knowledge of our own ignorance. Our schools are depriving millions of students of that kind of knowledge by promoting self-esteem and encouraging them to have opinions on things of which they are grossly ignorant, if not misinformed.


Quote: Those who want to spread the wealth almost invariably seek to concentrate the power. It happens too often, and in too many different countries around the world, to be a coincidence. Which is more dangerous, inequalities of wealth or concentrations of power? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Those who want to spread the wealth almost invariably seek to concentrate the power. It happens too often, and in too many different countries around the world, to be a coincidence. Which is more dangerous, inequalities of wealth or concentrations of power?


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: The sad and tragic fact is that the civil rights movement, despite its honorable and courageous past, has over the years degenerated into a demagogic hustle, promoting the mindless racism they once fought against. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The sad and tragic fact is that the civil rights movement, despite its honorable and courageous past, has over the years degenerated into a demagogic hustle, promoting the mindless racism they once fought against.


Quote: As a rule of thumb. Congressional legislation that is bipartisan is usually twice as bad as legislation that is partisan. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

As a rule of thumb. Congressional legislation that is bipartisan is usually twice as bad as legislation that is partisan.


Quote: You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization -- including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain -- without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization -- including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain -- without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.- black text on quotes background

You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization -- including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain -- without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.




Quote: Everyone may be called comrade, but some comrades have the power of life and death over other comrades. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Everyone may be called comrade, but some comrades have the power of life and death over other comrades.


Quote: Knowledge can be enormously costly, and is often scattered in widely uneven fragments, too small to be individually usable in decision making. The communication and coordination of these scattered fragments of knowledge is one of the basic problems- perhaps the basic problem- of any society. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: Knowledge can be enormously costly, and is often scattered in widely uneven fragments, too small to be individually usable in decision making. The communication and coordination of these scattered fragments of knowledge is one of the basic problems- perhaps the basic problem- of any society.- black text on quotes background

Knowledge can be enormously costly, and is often scattered in widely uneven fragments, too small to be individually usable in decision making. The communication and coordination of these scattered fragments of knowledge is one of the basic problems- perhaps the basic problem- of any society.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: Economic policies need to be analyzed in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the hopes that inspired them. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Economic policies need to be analyzed in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the hopes that inspired them.


Quote: In various countries and times, leaders of groups that lagged behind, economically and educationally, have taught their followers to blame all their problems on other people -- and to hate those other people. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

In various countries and times, leaders of groups that lagged behind, economically and educationally, have taught their followers to blame all their problems on other people -- and to hate those other people.


Quote: What makes it possible for politicians to do so many things that are economically counterproductive is that neither the public nor the media know enough of the basics to understand what's wrong with what they're saying. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

What makes it possible for politicians to do so many things that are economically counterproductive is that neither the public nor the media know enough of the basics to understand what's wrong with what they're saying.


Quote: Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.


Quote: The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders feel. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders feel.


Quote: The real culprits are those who created a system that makes it dangerous to work and safe to loaf. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The real culprits are those who created a system that makes it dangerous to work and safe to loaf.


Quote: What does 'economic justice' mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

What does 'economic justice' mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?


Quote: The whole idea of equal justice under law is completely incompatible with the idea of judges deciding cases according to empathy. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The whole idea of equal justice under law is completely incompatible with the idea of judges deciding cases according to empathy.


Quote: The media are less a window on reality, than a stage on which officials and journalists perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The media are less a window on reality, than a stage on which officials and journalists perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions.


Quote: The most politically painless way to hand out goodies, without taking responsibility for their costs, is to pass a law saying that somebody else must provide those goodies at their expense, while the politicians take credit for generosity and compassion. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The most politically painless way to hand out goodies, without taking responsibility for their costs, is to pass a law saying that somebody else must provide those goodies at their expense, while the politicians take credit for generosity and compassion.


Quote: Nothing is more complex than avoiding the obvious. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Nothing is more complex than avoiding the obvious.


Quote: If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us.




Quote: The first rule of economics is that there is an infinite number of desires chasing a finite number of goods, services and resources. The first rule of politics is to ignore the first rule of economics. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The first rule of economics is that there is an infinite number of desires chasing a finite number of goods, services and resources. The first rule of politics is to ignore the first rule of economics.




Quote: What is politically defined as economic planning is the forcible superseding of other people's plans by Government officials. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

What is politically defined as economic planning is the forcible superseding of other people's plans by Government officials.


Quote: Those government officials who want more power are not going to stop unless they get stopped. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Those government officials who want more power are not going to stop unless they get stopped.


Quote: Affirmative action in the United States has made blacks...who have largely lifted themselves out of poverty, look like people who owe their rise to affirmative action and other government programs. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Affirmative action in the United States has made blacks...who have largely lifted themselves out of poverty, look like people who owe their rise to affirmative action and other government programs.




Quote: The great allure of government programs in general for many people is that these programs allow decisions to be made without having to worry about the constraints of prices, which confront people at every turn in a free market. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The great allure of government programs in general for many people is that these programs allow decisions to be made without having to worry about the constraints of prices, which confront people at every turn in a free market.


Quote: American prosperity and American free enterprise are both highly unusual in the world, and we should not overlook the possibility that the two are connected. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

American prosperity and American free enterprise are both highly unusual in the world, and we should not overlook the possibility that the two are connected.


Quote: Barack Obama's vision of America is one in which a President of the United States can fire the head of General Motors, tell banks how to bank, control the medical system and take charge of all sorts of other activities for which neither he nor other politicians have any expertise or experience. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: Barack Obama's vision of America is one in which a President of the United States can fire the head of General Motors, tell banks how to bank, control the medical system and take charge of all sorts of other activities for which neither he nor other politicians have any expertise or experience.- black text on quotes background

Barack Obama's vision of America is one in which a President of the United States can fire the head of General Motors, tell banks how to bank, control the medical system and take charge of all sorts of other activities for which neither he nor other politicians have any expertise or experience.


Quote: We are... living in a free society without the faith that built that society -- and without the conviction and dedication needed to sustain it... We still have the cathedral of freedom but how long will it last without the faith? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

We are... living in a free society without the faith that built that society -- and without the conviction and dedication needed to sustain it... We still have the cathedral of freedom but how long will it last without the faith?


Quote: Compassion is the use of public funds to buy votes. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Compassion is the use of public funds to buy votes.


Quote: Envy is always referred to by its political alias, 'social justice. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Envy is always referred to by its political alias, 'social justice.


Quote: You need to be empathetic in your own personal life and we help our neighbors and our friends out who are struggling in our neighborhoods. But we don't make bad decisions based on empathy. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

You need to be empathetic in your own personal life and we help our neighbors and our friends out who are struggling in our neighborhoods. But we don't make bad decisions based on empathy.


Quote: Sometimes it seems as if I have spent the first half of my life refusing to let white people define me and the second half refusing to let black people define me. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Sometimes it seems as if I have spent the first half of my life refusing to let white people define me and the second half refusing to let black people define me.


Quote: Much of the world today, including the United States, is still living in the social, cultural, and political aftermath of Britain's cultural achievements, its industrial revolution, its government of checks and balances, and its conquests around the world. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Much of the world today, including the United States, is still living in the social, cultural, and political aftermath of Britain's cultural achievements, its industrial revolution, its government of checks and balances, and its conquests around the world.




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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: One of the bitter ironies of the 20th century was that communism, which began as an egalitarian doctrine accusing capitalism of selfishness and calloused sacrifices of others, became in power a system whose selfishness and callousness toward others made the sins of capitalism pale. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: One of the bitter ironies of the 20th century was that communism, which began as an egalitarian doctrine accusing capitalism of selfishness and calloused sacrifices of others, became in power a system whose selfishness and callousness toward others made the sins of capitalism pale.- black text on quotes background

One of the bitter ironies of the 20th century was that communism, which began as an egalitarian doctrine accusing capitalism of selfishness and calloused sacrifices of others, became in power a system whose selfishness and callousness toward others made the sins of capitalism pale.


Quote: Government central planning means over-riding other people's plans. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Government central planning means over-riding other people's plans.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: A recent poll shows that a majority of blacks, whites, Asians and Hispanics do not think the Census should be classifying people as black, white, Asian and Hispanic. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

A recent poll shows that a majority of blacks, whites, Asians and Hispanics do not think the Census should be classifying people as black, white, Asian and Hispanic.




Quote: The idealism of the left is a very selfish idealism. In their war against 'the rich' and big business, they don't care how much collateral damage there is to workers who end up end up unemployed. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The idealism of the left is a very selfish idealism. In their war against 'the rich' and big business, they don't care how much collateral damage there is to workers who end up end up unemployed.


Quote: Most people who read The Communist Manifesto probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of the workers. Thomas Sowell . by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Most people who read The Communist Manifesto probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of the workers. Thomas Sowell .


Quote: If you want to get each individual's honest opinion, you don't want that opinion to be influenced by others who are present, much less allow a group to coordinate what they are going to say. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If you want to get each individual's honest opinion, you don't want that opinion to be influenced by others who are present, much less allow a group to coordinate what they are going to say.


Quote: Right after liberal Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Right after liberal Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans.


Quote: People who believe in evolution in biology often believe in creationism in government. In other words, they believe that the universe and all the creatures in it could have evolved spontaneously, but that the economy is too complicated to operate without being directed by politicians. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: People who believe in evolution in biology often believe in creationism in government. In other words, they believe that the universe and all the creatures in it could have evolved spontaneously, but that the economy is too complicated to operate without being directed by politicians.- black text on quotes background

People who believe in evolution in biology often believe in creationism in government. In other words, they believe that the universe and all the creatures in it could have evolved spontaneously, but that the economy is too complicated to operate without being directed by politicians.


Quote: In the wake of the housing debacle in California, more people are buying less expensive homes, making bigger down payments, and staying away from 'creative' and risky financing. It is amazing how fast people learn when they are not insulated from the consequences of their decisions. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: In the wake of the housing debacle in California, more people are buying less expensive homes, making bigger down payments, and staying away from 'creative' and risky financing. It is amazing how fast people learn when they are not insulated from the consequences of their decisions.- black text on quotes background

In the wake of the housing debacle in California, more people are buying less expensive homes, making bigger down payments, and staying away from 'creative' and risky financing. It is amazing how fast people learn when they are not insulated from the consequences of their decisions.




Quote: One of the most ridiculous defenses of foreign aid is that it is a very small part of our national income. If the average American set fire to a five-dollar bill, it would be an even smaller percentage of his annual income. But everyone would consider him foolish for doing it. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

One of the most ridiculous defenses of foreign aid is that it is a very small part of our national income. If the average American set fire to a five-dollar bill, it would be an even smaller percentage of his annual income. But everyone would consider him foolish for doing it.


Quote: However widespread the desire to be free, that is wholly different from a desire to live in a society where others are free. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

However widespread the desire to be free, that is wholly different from a desire to live in a society where others are free.


Quote: All too often, we do smart things only after exhausting every conceivable dumb thing we could have done. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

All too often, we do smart things only after exhausting every conceivable dumb thing we could have done.


Quote: The big problem in the long process of dumbing down the schools is that you can reach a point of no return. How are parents who never received a decent education themselves to recognize that their children are not getting a decent education? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The big problem in the long process of dumbing down the schools is that you can reach a point of no return. How are parents who never received a decent education themselves to recognize that their children are not getting a decent education?


Quote: The demands of unbounded individualism need to be weighed in the light of inherent social constraints which can only change their form but cannot be eliminated without eliminating civilization. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The demands of unbounded individualism need to be weighed in the light of inherent social constraints which can only change their form but cannot be eliminated without eliminating civilization.


Quote: Geography is not egalitarian. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Geography is not egalitarian.


Quote: What 'eminent domain' laws mean in practice is that politicians have a right to seize your property and turn it over to someone else, in order to gain campaign contributions and win votes. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

What 'eminent domain' laws mean in practice is that politicians have a right to seize your property and turn it over to someone else, in order to gain campaign contributions and win votes.


Quote: The grand delusion of contemporary liberals is that they have both the right and the ability to move their fellow creatures around like blocks of wood -- and that the end results will be no different than if people had voluntarily chosen the same action. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The grand delusion of contemporary liberals is that they have both the right and the ability to move their fellow creatures around like blocks of wood -- and that the end results will be no different than if people had voluntarily chosen the same action.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: Some of the most vocal critics of the way things are being done are people who have done nothing themselves, and whose only contributions to society are their complaints and moral exhibitionism. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Some of the most vocal critics of the way things are being done are people who have done nothing themselves, and whose only contributions to society are their complaints and moral exhibitionism.








Quote: How you treat the helpless is the real test of morality. Lots of people are flunking that test big time. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

How you treat the helpless is the real test of morality. Lots of people are flunking that test big time.


Quote: Love is a four-letter word, but you don't hear in nearly as often as you hear some other four-letter words. It may be a sign of our times that everyone talks openly about sex, but we seem to be embarrassed to talk about love. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Love is a four-letter word, but you don't hear in nearly as often as you hear some other four-letter words. It may be a sign of our times that everyone talks openly about sex, but we seem to be embarrassed to talk about love.




Quote: After the risky mortgage-lending practices fostered by government intervention led to massive defaults and foreclosures that caused financial institutions to collapse or be bailed out, Congressman Frank changed his tune completely. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

After the risky mortgage-lending practices fostered by government intervention led to massive defaults and foreclosures that caused financial institutions to collapse or be bailed out, Congressman Frank changed his tune completely.


Quote: When government takes away options, it is bound to make some people worse off, even with intrinsicallly good intentions behind that government intervention. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

When government takes away options, it is bound to make some people worse off, even with intrinsicallly good intentions behind that government intervention.


Quote: In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians' fingerprints on the murder weapon. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians' fingerprints on the murder weapon.


Quote: The only thing better than hands-on experience is hands-off experience -- enough experience to understand that some things will turn out better if left alone. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The only thing better than hands-on experience is hands-off experience -- enough experience to understand that some things will turn out better if left alone.


Quote: Too many people -- some of them judges -- seem to think that freedom of speech means freedom from consequences for what you have said. If you believe that, try insulting your boss when you go to work tomorrow. Better yet, try insulting your spouse before going to bed tonight. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

Too many people -- some of them judges -- seem to think that freedom of speech means freedom from consequences for what you have said. If you believe that, try insulting your boss when you go to work tomorrow. Better yet, try insulting your spouse before going to bed tonight.


Quote: An independent judiciary does not mean judges independent of the Constitution from which they derive their power or independent of the laws that they are sworn to uphold. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

An independent judiciary does not mean judges independent of the Constitution from which they derive their power or independent of the laws that they are sworn to uphold.




Quote: Many Americans who supported the initial thrust of civil rights, as represented by the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later felt betrayed as the original concept of equal individual opportunity evolved toward the concept of equal group results. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: Many Americans who supported the initial thrust of civil rights, as represented by the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later felt betrayed as the original concept of equal individual opportunity evolved toward the concept of equal group results.- black text on quotes background

Many Americans who supported the initial thrust of civil rights, as represented by the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later felt betrayed as the original concept of equal individual opportunity evolved toward the concept of equal group results.


Quote: Wise men wrote the Constitution, but clever judges have been destroying it, bit by bit, turning it into an instrument of arbitrary judicial power, instead of a limitation on all government power. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Wise men wrote the Constitution, but clever judges have been destroying it, bit by bit, turning it into an instrument of arbitrary judicial power, instead of a limitation on all government power.


Quote: What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

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


Quote: The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers. Unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations and politicians are for politicians. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers. Unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations and politicians are for politicians.








Quote: The real problem, both in discussions of mass shootings and in discussions of gun control, is that too many people are too committed to a vision to allow mere facts to interfere with their beliefs, and the sense of superiority that those beliefs give them. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The real problem, both in discussions of mass shootings and in discussions of gun control, is that too many people are too committed to a vision to allow mere facts to interfere with their beliefs, and the sense of superiority that those beliefs give them.


Quote: Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.


Quote: The remarkable reversal of public attitudes toward the Japanese over the years -- especially in Australia, Peru and the United States -- suggests that behavior and performance are more effective ways of changing other people's minds than moral crusades or emotional denunciations. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

The remarkable reversal of public attitudes toward the Japanese over the years -- especially in Australia, Peru and the United States -- suggests that behavior and performance are more effective ways of changing other people's minds than moral crusades or emotional denunciations.


Quote: Just as a poetic discussion of the weather is not meteorology, so an issuance of moral pronouncements or political creeds about the economy is not economics. Economics is a study of cause-and-effect relationships in an economy. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Just as a poetic discussion of the weather is not meteorology, so an issuance of moral pronouncements or political creeds about the economy is not economics. Economics is a study of cause-and-effect relationships in an economy.


Quote: The political mirage of something for nothing, from leaders who 'care,' has ruined many a nation. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The political mirage of something for nothing, from leaders who 'care,' has ruined many a nation.






Quote: People who have never run even a modest little business assert with great certainty and indignation that heads of multinational corporations are paid much more than they are worth. People who know nothing about medicine and nothing about economics unhesi. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

People who have never run even a modest little business assert with great certainty and indignation that heads of multinational corporations are paid much more than they are worth. People who know nothing about medicine and nothing about economics unhesi.




Quote: How much more of an injustice is it that people who work get more money than people who don't work? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

How much more of an injustice is it that people who work get more money than people who don't work?


Quote: If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent.


Quote: Central planning, judicial activism, and the nanny state all presume vastly more knowledge than any elite have ever possessed. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Central planning, judicial activism, and the nanny state all presume vastly more knowledge than any elite have ever possessed.


Quote: Don't you get tired of seeing so many non-conformists with the same non-conformist look? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Don't you get tired of seeing so many non-conformists with the same non-conformist look?


Quote: To say that being non-judgmental is better than being judgmental is itself a judgment, and therefore a violation of principle. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

To say that being non-judgmental is better than being judgmental is itself a judgment, and therefore a violation of principle.


Quote: I hate to make predictions, but I think the economy is going to be permanently changed for the worse. I think our foreign policy is going to lead to changes that will be definitely for the worse, particularly if we drift into a nuclear Iran, which I gather that's what the administration is doing. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: I hate to make predictions, but I think the economy is going to be permanently changed for the worse. I think our foreign policy is going to lead to changes that will be definitely for the worse, particularly if we drift into a nuclear Iran, which I gather that's what the administration is doing.- black text on quotes background

I hate to make predictions, but I think the economy is going to be permanently changed for the worse. I think our foreign policy is going to lead to changes that will be definitely for the worse, particularly if we drift into a nuclear Iran, which I gather that's what the administration is doing.






Quote: Whether as a radical student, a community organizer or a far left politician, Barack Obama's ideology has been based on a vision of the Haves versus the Have Nots...Obama's ideology is an ideology of envy, resentment, and payback. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Whether as a radical student, a community organizer or a far left politician, Barack Obama's ideology has been based on a vision of the Haves versus the Have Nots...Obama's ideology is an ideology of envy, resentment, and payback.


Quote: In the political language of today, people who want to keep what they have earned are said to be greedy, while those who wish to take their earnings from them and give it to others (who will vote for them in return) show compassion. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

In the political language of today, people who want to keep what they have earned are said to be greedy, while those who wish to take their earnings from them and give it to others (who will vote for them in return) show compassion.


Quote: Riskier mortgage lending practices, imposed by government, were what set the stage for many mortgage payments to stop and thus for the financial disasters that followed. Political rhetoric, echoed in the media, seeks to obscure that painfully plain fact. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Riskier mortgage lending practices, imposed by government, were what set the stage for many mortgage payments to stop and thus for the financial disasters that followed. Political rhetoric, echoed in the media, seeks to obscure that painfully plain fact.


Quote: Government bailouts are like potato chips: You can't stop with just one. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Government bailouts are like potato chips: You can't stop with just one.


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: Lofty talk about 'social justice' or 'fairness' boils down to greatly expanded powers for politicians, since those pretty words have no concrete definition. They are a blank check for creating disparities in power that dwarf disparities in income -- and are far more dangerous. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

Lofty talk about 'social justice' or 'fairness' boils down to greatly expanded powers for politicians, since those pretty words have no concrete definition. They are a blank check for creating disparities in power that dwarf disparities in income -- and are far more dangerous.


Quote: Eternal vigilance is only part of the price of freedom. The maturity to live with imperfections is another crucial part of the price of freedom. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Eternal vigilance is only part of the price of freedom. The maturity to live with imperfections is another crucial part of the price of freedom.


Quote: Tolerating imperfections is the price of freedom. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Tolerating imperfections is the price of freedom.


Quote: As long as human beings are imperfect, there will always be arguments for extending the power of government to deal with these imperfections. The only logical stopping place is totalitarianism -- unless we realize that tolerating imperfections is the price of freedom. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

As long as human beings are imperfect, there will always be arguments for extending the power of government to deal with these imperfections. The only logical stopping place is totalitarianism -- unless we realize that tolerating imperfections is the price of freedom.


Quote: We might have been better off if the question of Obama's patriotism had been raised before he was first elected. Never should we ignore so many red flag warnings again. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

We might have been better off if the question of Obama's patriotism had been raised before he was first elected. Never should we ignore so many red flag warnings again.


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' by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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'


Quote: People who think that they are being 'exploited' should ask themselves whether they would be missed if they left, or whether people would say: 'Good riddance?' by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

People who think that they are being 'exploited' should ask themselves whether they would be missed if they left, or whether people would say: 'Good riddance?'


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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: Because many of us make mistakes that can have bad consequences, some intellectuals believe that it is the role of government to intervene and make some of our decisions for us. From what galaxy government is going to hire creatures who do not make mistakes is a question they leave unanswered. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: Because many of us make mistakes that can have bad consequences, some intellectuals believe that it is the role of government to intervene and make some of our decisions for us. From what galaxy government is going to hire creatures who do not make mistakes is a question they leave unanswered.- black text on quotes background

Because many of us make mistakes that can have bad consequences, some intellectuals believe that it is the role of government to intervene and make some of our decisions for us. From what galaxy government is going to hire creatures who do not make mistakes is a question they leave unanswered.


Quote: When all is said and done, the Constitution of the United States is a set of words on a piece of paper. The only way that the Constitution can protect us is if we protect the Constitution. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

When all is said and done, the Constitution of the United States is a set of words on a piece of paper. The only way that the Constitution can protect us is if we protect the Constitution.


Quote: Often it is those who are most critical of a Eurocentric view of the world who are most Eurocentric when it comes to the evils and failings of the human race. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Often it is those who are most critical of a Eurocentric view of the world who are most Eurocentric when it comes to the evils and failings of the human race.




Quote: Perhaps people who are gushing over the Obama Cult today might do well to stop and think about what it would mean for their granddaughters to live under Sharia law. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Perhaps people who are gushing over the Obama Cult today might do well to stop and think about what it would mean for their granddaughters to live under Sharia law.


Quote: Asking liberals where wages and prices come from is like asking six-year-olds where babies come from. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Asking liberals where wages and prices come from is like asking six-year-olds where babies come from.




Quote: Freedom... refers to a social relationship among people-namely, the absence of force as a prospective instrument of decision making. Freedom is reduced whenever a decision is made under threat of force, whether or not force actually materializes or is evident in retrospect. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote; white text on black background

Freedom... refers to a social relationship among people-namely, the absence of force as a prospective instrument of decision making. Freedom is reduced whenever a decision is made under threat of force, whether or not force actually materializes or is evident in retrospect.


Quote: Social values in general are incrementally variable: neither safety, diversity, rational articulation, nor morality is categorically a good thing to have more of, without limits. All are subject to diminishing returns, and ultimately negative returns. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Social values in general are incrementally variable: neither safety, diversity, rational articulation, nor morality is categorically a good thing to have more of, without limits. All are subject to diminishing returns, and ultimately negative returns.


Quote: We're not a socialist country, because the socialists believe in government ownership in the means of production, but the fascists believe that the government should have private ownership and the politicians should tell people how to run the businesses. So that's the route we seem to be going. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: We're not a socialist country, because the socialists believe in government ownership in the means of production, but the fascists believe that the government should have private ownership and the politicians should tell people how to run the businesses. So that's the route we seem to be going.- black text on quotes background

We're not a socialist country, because the socialists believe in government ownership in the means of production, but the fascists believe that the government should have private ownership and the politicians should tell people how to run the businesses. So that's the route we seem to be going.


Quote: The cavemen had the same natural resources at their disposal as we have today, and the difference between their standard of living and ours is a difference between the knowledge they could bring to bear on those resources and the knowledge used today. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The cavemen had the same natural resources at their disposal as we have today, and the difference between their standard of living and ours is a difference between the knowledge they could bring to bear on those resources and the knowledge used today.


Quote: Civil rights used to be about treating everyone the same. But today some people are so used to special treatment that equal treatment is considered to be discrimination. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Civil rights used to be about treating everyone the same. But today some people are so used to special treatment that equal treatment is considered to be discrimination.




Quote: How long do politicians have to keep on promising heaven and delivering hell before people catch on and stop getting swept away by rhetoric? by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

How long do politicians have to keep on promising heaven and delivering hell before people catch on and stop getting swept away by rhetoric?


Quote: So long as public schools are treated as places that exist to provide guaranteed jobs to members of the teachers' unions, do not be surprised to see American students continuing to score lower on international tests than students in countries that spend a lot less per pupil than we do. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: So long as public schools are treated as places that exist to provide guaranteed jobs to members of the teachers' unions, do not be surprised to see American students continuing to score lower on international tests than students in countries that spend a lot less per pupil than we do.- black text on quotes background

So long as public schools are treated as places that exist to provide guaranteed jobs to members of the teachers' unions, do not be surprised to see American students continuing to score lower on international tests than students in countries that spend a lot less per pupil than we do.


Quote: The whole notion that you can equalize opportunity in things that 

matter is utopian. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The whole notion that you can equalize opportunity in things that

matter is utopian.




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. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with 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.


Quote: Think about it: What the busybodies are saying is that third parties like themselves -- who are paying nothing to anybody -- should be determining how much somebody else should be paying those who work for them. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Think about it: What the busybodies are saying is that third parties like themselves -- who are paying nothing to anybody -- should be determining how much somebody else should be paying those who work for them.




Quote: Fairness' is one of the great mantras of the left. Since everyone has his own definition of fairness, that word is a blank check for the expansion of government power. What fairness means in practice is that third parties -- busybodies -- can prevent mutual accommodations by others. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of Thomas Sowell quote: Fairness' is one of the great mantras of the left. Since everyone has his own definition of fairness, that word is a blank check for the expansion of government power. What fairness means in practice is that third parties -- busybodies -- can prevent mutual accommodations by others.- black text on quotes background

Fairness' is one of the great mantras of the left. Since everyone has his own definition of fairness, that word is a blank check for the expansion of government power. What fairness means in practice is that third parties -- busybodies -- can prevent mutual accommodations by others.


Quote: The anointed don't like to talk about painful trade-offs. They like to talk about happy solutionsthat get rid of the whole problem- at least in their imagination. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The anointed don't like to talk about painful trade-offs. They like to talk about happy solutionsthat get rid of the whole problem- at least in their imagination.




Quote: What freedom does a starving man have? The answer is that starvation is a tragic human condition- perhaps more tragic than loss of freedom. That does not prevent these from being two different things. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

What freedom does a starving man have? The answer is that starvation is a tragic human condition- perhaps more tragic than loss of freedom. That does not prevent these from being two different things.






Quote: If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is -- and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is -- and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive.


Quote: The vision of the left, full of envy and resentment, takes its worst toll on those at the bottom -- whether black or white -- who find in that paranoid vision an excuse for counterproductive and ultimately self-destructive attitudes and behavior. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The vision of the left, full of envy and resentment, takes its worst toll on those at the bottom -- whether black or white -- who find in that paranoid vision an excuse for counterproductive and ultimately self-destructive attitudes and behavior.




Quote: Hilary Clinton said you know, it takes a village to raise a child and somebody said it takes a village idiot to believe that … it is part of the whole thing of third parties wanting to make decisions for which they pay no price for when they're wrong. by author Thomas Sowell overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote