87 Total Quotes

Thomas Sowell Quotes

Thomas Sowell
The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
Thomas Sowell
#Economy

Thomas Sowell
There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young.
Thomas Sowell
#American Economist

Thomas Sowell
It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.
Thomas Sowell
#Doctors #American Economist

Thomas Sowell
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.
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#Civilization #Autonomy

Thomas Sowell
One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them
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#Failure #Trust

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
#American Economist #Character

Thomas Sowell
People who claim that sentencing a murderer to "life without the possibility of parole" protects society just as well as the death penalty ignore three things: (1) life without the possibility of parole does not mean life without the possibility of escape or (2) life without the possibility of killing while in prison or (3) life without the possibility of a liberal governor being elected and issuing a pardon.
Thomas Sowell
#Life

Thomas Sowell
Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.
Thomas Sowell
#American Economist

Thomas Sowell
Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement.
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#Civilization #Choice

Thomas Sowell
Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on "income distribution," the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.
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#Capitalism

Thomas Sowell
One of the consequences of such notions as "entitlements" is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.
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#Consequences

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

Thomas Sowell
Whenever a "problem" is proclaimed in the media there will almost invariably be a "solution" proposed in politics. Often the solution is worse than the problem.
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#Media

Thomas Sowell
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".
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#Communism

Thomas Sowell
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.
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#Morality #Diversity

Thomas Sowell
Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.
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#American Economist

Thomas Sowell
What "multiculturalism" boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture - and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture
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#Culture

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The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.
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#American Economist

Thomas Sowell
You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.
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#American Economist #Bureaucracy

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the so-called ‘Negro dialect’ is simply a variation on the ordinary Southern accent.
Thomas Sowell
#Accent

Thomas Sowell
If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.
Thomas Sowell
#American Economist

Thomas Sowell
People used to say, "Ignorance is no excuse." Today, ignorance is no problem. After all, you have "a right to your own opinion" -- and self-esteem to boot.
Thomas Sowell
#People

Thomas Sowell
Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it
Thomas Sowell
#Capitalism