July 23, 2012

My Favorite Thomas Sowell Quotes


What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. ~Thomas Sowell

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

Too much of what is called "education" is little more than an expensive isolation from reality. ~Thomas Sowell

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

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

The simplest and most psychologically satisfying explanation of any observed phenomenon is that it happened that way because someone wanted it to happen that way. ~Thomas Sowell

The real minimum wage is zero. ~Thomas Sowell

The real goal should be reduced government spending, rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising tax rates to cover ever rising spending. ~Thomas Sowell

The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling. ~Thomas Sowell

The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department. ~Thomas Sowell

The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive. ~Thomas Sowell

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

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

Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens. ~Thomas Sowell

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

Mystical references to society and its programs to help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats. ~Thomas Sowell

Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help. ~Thomas Sowell

Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face. ~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

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today. ~Thomas Sowell

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