Skip to comments.The 30 Best Thomas Sowell Quotes
Posted on 07/11/2018 5:49:44 PM PDT by Rummyfan
Thomas Sowell is a prolific author and brilliant economist and he is about as good at distilling conservative wisdom into pithy quotes as anyone you will ever read. If you think theres not enough extraordinary brilliance left in the world, let me introduce you to Thomas Sowell, one of the greatest minds of our generation.
30. The problem isnt that Johnny cant read. The problem isnt even that Johnny cant think. The problem is that Johnny doesnt know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.
29. 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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I think my term for this is even better: The makers and the takers.
If you have plenty of time, you can read all Dr. Sowell’s books. I have a standing offer of a $5 cash bonus to any of my children who finds a Thomas Sowell book I don’t have at the used book store, Salvation Army store, garage sale, or library sale.
There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.
That’s the one I always remember. I went to see if it was on the list and it’s number one! His example was we could end virtually all traffic fatalities by just passing a law that every vehicle have a regulator that prevents it from going over 5mph. It would save tens of thousands of lives, but it wouldn’t be worth it.
I need to get out more!
(You are 100% Right)
OK ... for the $5 (and because it is fun to go to Re-sales)
I need a list of those that you “Do Have” (I’m probably going to Buy All of them anyway)
I just would like to know which ones that you think you are missing.
(If there is a digital Copy that I could send you... would that count?)
Thomas Sowell’s books should be required reading for all high school social studies classes. (if they still teach it...)
Great read, great quotes.
Thanks for posting.
No, digital doesn’t count. I read only the dead-tree version. I’m leaving for camp soon and don’t have time today, but if I remember when I get back, I’ll give you a list.
Those are both great. “Knowledge and Decisions,” called “The Vision of the Anointed” in the revised edition, literally changed my life.
One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.
- Thomas Sowell
Here are a few of mine:
Inequalities of outcome exist because of inequalities of effort.
Some people are so busy being clever that they don't have time to be intelligent.
It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.
The most dangerous kind of ignorance is the ignorance of the educated.
Politicians gave us the idea that the things we could not afford individually we could somehow afford collectively through the magic of government.
Liberals hold us individually responsible for nothing but collectively responsible for everything.
In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees.
I'm adding this one from this thread ... One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.
Again, thanks for sharing.
I was still quite young when my Dad explained the concept of “makers, takers and fakers” to me...
Has stuck with me all my days...
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