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101 Famous Quotes by Thomas Sowell
6/30/1930 - (Present)
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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.

Economics Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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It is amazing how many of those who consider themselves "thinking people" respond automatically to words the way Pavlov's dog was conditioned to respond to certain sounds.

Ideology Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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What is more frightening than any particular policy or ideology is the widespread habit of disregarding facts.

Ideology Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Much of the self-righteous nonsense that abounds on so many subjects cannot stand up to three questions: (1) Compared to what? (2) At what cost? and (3) What are the hard facts?

Legislation Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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

Meetings Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer's money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse. The black family- which survived slavery, discrimination, poverty, wars and depressions- began to come apart as the federal government moved in with its well-financed programs to "help."

Welfare Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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To say that a farm boy knows how to milk a cow is to say that we can send him out to the barn with an empty pail and expect him to return with milk. To say that a criminologist understands crime is not to say that we can send him out with a grant or a law and expect him to return with a lower crime rate. He is more likely to return with a report on why he has not succeeded yet, and including the inevitable need for more money, a larger staff, more sweeping powers, etc.

Politics / government Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Nobody is equal to anybody. Even the same man is not equal to himself on different days.

Politics / government Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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

Politics / government Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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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?

Politics / government Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: 'No man should have so much.' The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: 'All men should have so much.'

Communism Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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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.

Socialism Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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

Liberalism Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer's money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse. The black family- which survived slavery, discrimination, poverty, wars and depressions- began to come apart as the federal government moved in with its well-financed programs to "help."

Socialism Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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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.

Rhetoric Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Join in the new game that's sweeping the country. It's called "Bureaucracy" Everybody stands in a circle. The first person to do anything loses.

Bureaucracy Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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It is amazing how many of those who consider themselves "thinking people" respond automatically to words the way Pavlov's dog was conditioned to respond to certain sounds.

Intellectuals Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Leaving prices out of the picture is probably the source of more fallacies in economics than any other single misconception.

Legislation Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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

Liberalism Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism

Preparation Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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

Prosperity Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Much of the self-righteous nonsense that abounds on so many subjects cannot stand up to three questions: (1) Compared to what? (2) At what cost? and (3) What are the hard facts?

Public policy Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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

Rhetoric Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.

Rhetoric Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Any politician who starts shouting election-year demagoguery about the rich and the poor should be asked, "What about the other 90 percent of the people?"

Rhetoric Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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