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Thomas Sowell quotes on people


Too many people in Washington are full of themselves, among other things that they are full of. -Thomas Sowell

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You cannot subsidize irresponsibility and expect people to become more responsible. -Thomas Sowell

Doing the right thing is fun. If nothing else, it surprises people. -Thomas Sowell

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

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Politics is not about facts. It is about what politicians can get people to believe. -Thomas Sowell

Although I am ready to defend what I have said, many people expect me to defend what others have attributed to me. -Thomas Sowell

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. -Thomas Sowell

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If you have a right to respect, that means other people don’t have a right to their own opinions. -Thomas Sowell

No matter how much people on the left talk about compassion, they have no compassion for the taxpayers. -Thomas Sowell

When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination. -Thomas Sowell

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

Government restrictions are attractive to people who want to impose their pet notions without having to count the costs. -Thomas Sowell

Wal-Mart has done more for poor people then any ten liberals, at least nine of whom are almost guaranteed to hate Wal-Mart. -Thomas Sowell

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I’m so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white. -Thomas Sowell

Ego trips by coteries of self-exalting people are treated in the media as idealism, rather than the petty tyranny it is. -Thomas Sowell

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. -Thomas Sowell

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How much more of an injustice is it that people who work get more money than people who don’t work? -Thomas Sowell

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

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

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Government’s power to bully people who have broken no law is dangerous to all of us. -Thomas Sowell

People have a vested interest in promoting one set of polices rather than finding out what the truth is. -Thomas Sowell

Our schools and colleges are turning out people who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do. -Thomas Sowell

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

Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them. -Thomas Sowell

Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. -Thomas Sowell

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The desire to order other people around and make them conform to one own’s vision takes many forms. -Thomas Sowell

People who talk incessantly about “change” are often dogmatically set in their ways. They want to change other people. -Thomas Sowell

History is the memory of a nation -Thomas Sowell

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Compassion is the use of public funds to buy votes -Thomas Sowell

The political mirage of something for nothing, from leaders who ‘care,’ has ruined many a nation. -Thomas Sowell

Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric. -Thomas Sowell

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To say the Constitution is living is to say that it’s dead. -Thomas Sowell

It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites. -Thomas Sowell

All statements are true, if you are free to redefine their terms. -Thomas Sowell

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

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

Groups that rose from poverty to prosperity seldom did so by having their own racial or ethnic leaders to follow. -Thomas Sowell

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

The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers. -Thomas Sowell

No society ever thrived because it had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who produce. -Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell quotes on policies


Policies are judged by their consequences but crusades are judged by how good they make the crusaders feel. -Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell quotes on government


There are only two economists in Congress and hundreds of lawyers. Does that explain why the government is in such a mess? -Thomas Sowell

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Competition does a much more effective job than government at protecting consumers. -Thomas Sowell

What is politically defined as economic planning is the forcible superseding of other people’s plans by Government officials. -Thomas Sowell

Government bailouts are like potato chips: You can’t stop with just one. -Thomas Sowell

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Government central planning means over-riding other people’s plans. -Thomas Sowell

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

It is amazing how many people seem to think that the government exists to turn their prejudices into law. -Thomas Sowell

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Free-loading at emergency rooms-mandated by government-makes being uninsured a viable option. -Thomas Sowell

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

Ronald Reagan had a vision of America. Barac k Obama has a vision of Barack Obama. -Thomas Sowell

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

Anyone who does not understand the utter cynicism of politics does not understand politics. -Thomas Sowell

You have to have a sense of humor if you follow politics. Otherwise, the sheer fraudulence of it all will get you down. -Thomas Sowell

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In politics, the truth is strictly optional and that also seems to be true in parts of the media. -Thomas Sowell

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

The welfare state has always been judged by its good intentions, rather than its bad results. -Thomas Sowell

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Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest. -Thomas Sowell

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

There is no bigger waste of time than doing 90% of what is necessary. -Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell quotes on politicians


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

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Compassion is good but politicians have turned compassion into the welfare state. -Thomas Sowell

There is nothing that politicians like better than handing out benefits to be paid for by someone else. -Thomas Sowell

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

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Thomas Sowell quotes on others


Politics is largely the process of taking credit and putting the blame on others-regardless of what the facts may be. -Thomas Sowell

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More from Thomas sowell


Pedestrians never seem to realize that they are a threat to the safety of cars. -Thomas Sowell

Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side -Thomas Sowell

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

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It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of our own ignorance. -Thomas Sowell

Facts are not liberals’ strong suit. Rhetoric is. -Thomas Sowell

Everyone may be called “comrade,” but some comrades have the power of life and death over other comrades. -Thomas Sowell

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It doesnt matter what you do if you dont do what matters. If you do what matters it doesnt matter what you do. -Thomas Sowell

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

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. -Thomas Sowell

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Our national problems usually do not cause nearly as much harm as the solutions. -Thomas Sowell

Our economic problems worry me much less than our political solutions, which have a far worse track record. -Thomas Sowell

Life does not ask what we want. It presents us with options -Thomas Sowell

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The Constitution cannot protect us unless we protect the Constitution. -Thomas Sowell

There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young. -Thomas Sowell

In short, numbers are accepted as evidence when they agree with preconceptions, but not when they don’t. -Thomas Sowell

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Although the big word on the left is ‘compassion,’ the big agenda on the left is dependency. -Thomas Sowell

The whole notion that you can equalize opportunity in things that matter is utopian. -Thomas Sowell

If a word means everything, then in means nothing. -Thomas Sowell

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Tolerating imperfections is the price of freedom. -Thomas Sowell

There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs. -Thomas Sowell

Global warming’ is just the latest in a long line of hysterical crusades to which we seem to be increasingly susceptible. -Thomas Sowell

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

Any statistics can be extrapolated to the point where they show disaster. -Thomas Sowell

A moral monopoly is the antithesis of a marketplace of ideas. -Thomas Sowell

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There are only two ways of telling the complete truth–anonymously and posthumously.” -Thomas Sowell

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

Some full professors could more accurately be described as empty professors. -Thomas Sowell

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All things are the same except for the differences, and different except for the similarities. -Thomas Sowell

Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face. -Thomas Sowell

If you don’t control the borders, it doesn’t matter what immigration laws you have. -Thomas Sowell

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Any politician who can be elected only by turning Americans against other Americans is too dangerous to be elected. -Thomas Sowell

Subsidies are a shell game, not a net addition to national wealth. -Thomas Sowell

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

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We don�t have faith that #freedom works. We have evidence. -Thomas Sowell

There is no talent so ardently supported, nor generously rewarded, as the ability to convince parasites they are victims. -Thomas Sowell

Credentialed ignorance is still ignorance. -Thomas Sowell

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If you don’t believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children. -Thomas Sowell

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

Few of the great tragedies of history were created by the village idiot, and many by the village genius. -Thomas Sowell

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Social Engineering-The art of replacing what works with what sounds good. -Thomas Sowell

Envy is always referred to by its political alias, ‘social justice. -Thomas Sowell

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

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If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism. -Thomas Sowell

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

Ideas are everywhere, but knowledge is rare. -Thomas Sowell

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The same set of statistics can produce opposite conclusions at different levels of aggregation. -Thomas Sowell

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

The talkers and writers resent being left on the sidelines by the doers. -Thomas Sowell

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Age gives you an excuse for not being very good at things that you were not very good at when you were young. -Thomas Sowell

A passionate commitment to social justice is no substitute for knowing what the hell you’re talking about. -Thomas Sowell

Envy plus rhetoric equals “social justice.”. -Thomas Sowell The great escape of our times is escape from personal responsibility for the consequences of one’s own behavior. -Thomas Sowell

Suppose you are wrong? How would you know? How would you test for that possibility? -Thomas Sowell

Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality. -Thomas Sowell If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win. -Thomas Sowell

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

Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty. -Thomas Sowell Nobody is equal to anybody. Even the same man is not equal to himself on different days. -Thomas Sowell

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

Reality is not optional. -Thomas Sowell Extrapolations are the last refuge of a groundless argument. -Thomas Sowell

Neither the depth of despondency nor the height of euphoria tells you how long either will last. -Thomas Sowell

The principles applied in economic processes are general social principles. -Thomas Sowell The law of diminishing returns means that even the most beneficial prinicple will become harmful if carried far enough. -Thomas Sowell

Experience trumps brilliance. -Thomas Sowell

What exactly is your ‘fair share’ of what ‘someone else’ has worked for? -Thomas Sowell How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else? -Thomas Sowell

Civilization is an enormous device for economizing knowledge,. -Thomas Sowell

Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God. -Thomas Sowell Students are often in no position to judge ‘relevance’ until long after the fact. -Thomas Sowell

One of the beauties of an economy coordinated by price movements is that nobody has to understand it in order for it to work. -Thomas Sowell

All too often when liberals cite statistics, they forget the statisticians’ warning that correlation is not causation. -Thomas Sowell The real minimum wage is zero. -Thomas Sowell

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

All justice is inherently social. Can someone on a desert island be either just or unjust? -Thomas Sowell Economics is concerned with what emerges, not what anyone intended. -Thomas Sowell

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

Nothing as mundane as mere evidence can be allowed to threaten a vision so deeply satisfying. -Thomas Sowell Don’t you get tired of seeing so many “non-conformists” with the same non-conformist look? -Thomas Sowell

Rhetoric is no substitute for reality. -Thomas Sowell

All that makes earlier times seem simpler is our ignorance of their complexities. -Thomas Sowell

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