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101 Famous Quotes by Thomas Sowell
6/30/1930 - (Present)
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The anointed don't like to talk about painful trade-offs. They like to talk about happy "solutions" that get rid of the whole problem- at least in their imagination.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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...each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Cultures contain many cues and inducements to dissuade the individual from approaching ultimate limits, in much the same way that a special warning strip of land around the edge of a baseball field lets a player know that he is about to run into a concrete wall when he is preoccupied with catching the ball. The wider that strip of land and the more sensitive the player is to the changing composition of the ground under his feet as he pursues the ball, the more effective the warning. Romanticizing or lionizing as "individualistic" those people who disregard social cues and inducements increases the danger of head-on collisions with inherent social limits. Decrying various forms of social disapproval is in effect narrowing the warning strip.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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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.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Where intellectuals have played a role in history, it has not been so much by whispering words of advice into the ears of political overlords as by contributing to the vast and powerful currents of conceptions and misconceptions that sweep human action along.

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

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Facts do not "speak for themselves." They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.

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Fundamentalist religion is the most pervasive vision of central planning, though many fundamentalists may oppose human central planning as a usurpation or "playing God." This is consistent with the fundamentalist vision of an unconstrained God and a highly constrained man.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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

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The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Morality, like other inputs into the social process, follows the law of diminishing returns- meaning ultimately, negative returns. People can be too moral.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Unbounded morality ultimately becomes counterproductive even in terms of the same moral principles being sought. The law of diminishing returns applies to morality.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young.

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

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

Politics / government 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.

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

Politics / government Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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Nothing as mundane as mere evidence can be allowed to threaten a vision so deeply satisfying.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Thomas Sowell

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