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The 25 Best Quotes From Thomas Sowell
Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | John Hawkins

Posted on 04/20/2012 4:08:05 AM PDT by Kaslin

Thomas Sowell is not only one of the finest columnists in the business, he's a prolific author, a brilliant economist, and he has an incomparable knack for simplifying complex concepts that few other human beings can match. Enjoy the distilled wisdom!

25) "Since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?"

24) "Imagine a political system so radical as to promise to move more of the poorest 20% of the population into the richest 20% than remain in the poorest bracket within the decade? You don't need to imagine it. It's called the United States of America."

23) "Four things have almost invariably followed the imposition of controls to keep prices below the level they would reach under supply and demand in a free market: (1) increased use of the product or service whose price is controlled, (2) Reduced supply of the same product or service, (3) quality deterioration, (4) black markets."

22) "What sense would it make to classify a man as handicapped because he is in a wheelchair today, if he is expected to be walking again in a month and competing in track meets before the year is out? Yet Americans are given ‘class’ labels on the basis of their transient location in the income stream. If most Americans do not stay in the same broad income bracket for even a decade, their repeatedly changing 'class' makes class itself a nebulous concept."

21) "There are few talents more richly rewarded with both wealth and power, in countries around the world, than the ability to convince backward people that their problems are caused by other people who are more advanced."

20) "The poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits ever since 1994. You would never learn that from most of the media. Similarly you look at those blacks that have gone on to college or finished college, the incarceration rate is some tiny fraction of what it is among those blacks who have dropped out of high school. So it’s not being black; it’s a way of life. Unfortunately, the way of life is being celebrated not only in rap music, but among the intelligentsia, is a way of life that leads to a lot of very big problems for most people."

19) "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."

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

17) "The vision of the anointed is one in which ills as poverty, irresponsible sex, and crime derive primarily from 'society,' rather than from individual choices and behavior. To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by 'society'."

16) "No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind."

15) "Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored."

14) "There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs."

13) "Civilization has been aptly called a 'thin crust over a volcano.' The anointed are constantly picking at that crust."

12) "We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did, but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past."

11)” For the anointed, traditions are likely to be seen as the dead hand of the past, relics of a less enlightened age, and not as the distilled experience of millions who faced similar human vicissitudes before.”

10) "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

9) "Intellect is not wisdom."

8)” The charge is often made against the intelligentsia and other members of the anointed that their theories and the policies based on them lack common sense. But the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?"

7) "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good."

6) "Experience trumps brilliance."

5) "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."

4) "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."

3) "Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions — and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large."

2) "In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians’ fingerprints on the murder weapon."

1) "There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: sowell

1 posted on 04/20/2012 4:08:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: jazusamo
Ping

I think you will like this

2 posted on 04/20/2012 4:09:12 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

BFL


3 posted on 04/20/2012 4:12:10 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Kaslin

Brilliant!! I love this guy.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 4:17:57 AM PDT by ut1992 (Army Brat)
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To: Kaslin

Great stuff. Thanks.


5 posted on 04/20/2012 4:21:38 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: justice14

You’re welcome


6 posted on 04/20/2012 4:28:18 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Thanks Kaslin. TS is truly one of America's greatest treasures.

Here is video I came across just this morning with TS debating some liberal woman on Firing Line on reducing black unemployment back in 1981. Note how the facts that TS points out to her seem to have as much effect at penetrating her consciousness as a .22 bullet on a tank. Listen here.

7 posted on 04/20/2012 4:38:21 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Kaslin

In a perfect world, this man would have been America’s first black president.


8 posted on 04/20/2012 4:45:33 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Of whom everyone could have been proud of


9 posted on 04/20/2012 4:47:57 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
25 great ones, but it left out my favorite:

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

10 posted on 04/20/2012 4:48:49 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: Kaslin

bump


11 posted on 04/20/2012 4:58:40 AM PDT by VTenigma
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
In a perfect world, this man would have been America’s first black president.

In a perfect world, Romney would fall just short of the nomination on the first round of balloting, simultaneously Obama would be found not to be a natural born citizen and all his actions in our White House annulled, the GOP convention would drop Romney (whom no one likes) and nominate Thomas Sowell to run against Biden, and Sowell would indeed become America’s first black president - in a country that would no longer care about the "First Black ______" because we would have learned to judge others by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

12 posted on 04/20/2012 5:01:22 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent. Thanks Kaslin.


13 posted on 04/20/2012 5:01:22 AM PDT by spankalib (The Marx-in-the-Parks crowd is a basement skunkworks operation of the AFL-CIO)
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To: spankalib

You’re welcome


14 posted on 04/20/2012 5:04:07 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

He’s been my dream candidate for decades.


15 posted on 04/20/2012 5:18:28 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Kaslin

sfl


16 posted on 04/20/2012 5:37:33 AM PDT by know-the-law
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To: Kaslin

pfl


17 posted on 04/20/2012 5:49:01 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for posting this Kaslin. Dr. Sowell is a favorite around here.


18 posted on 04/20/2012 6:01:28 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin

Bookmark


19 posted on 04/20/2012 6:37:34 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Kaslin
11)” For the anointed, traditions are likely to be seen as the dead hand of the past, relics of a less enlightened age, and not as the distilled experience of millions who faced similar human vicissitudes before.”

All good quotes, but this is my favorite.

20 posted on 04/20/2012 6:41:41 AM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N89LGhm-Ztc))
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To: Kaslin

ping


21 posted on 04/20/2012 7:03:52 AM PDT by lp boonie (Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve read just two of his books (I will read more), and can say that he is unquestionably the clearest thinker around. And, as an added bonus, he is able to communicate his ideas with simplicity and precision. He is truly a national treasure.


22 posted on 04/20/2012 7:43:01 AM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent compilation. Sad it wasn’t the top 1000


23 posted on 04/20/2012 7:52:15 AM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: Kaslin; abigail2; Amalie; American Quilter; arthurus; awelliott; Bahbah; bamahead; Battle Axe; ...
Outstanding collection of quotes by Dr. Sowell and with the links will make for a great read.

Thanks much for posting and the ping, Kas!!

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24 posted on 04/20/2012 8:19:18 AM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Oh heck yeah...


25 posted on 04/20/2012 8:29:07 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the wonderful Ping!


26 posted on 04/20/2012 8:33:32 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz.


27 posted on 04/20/2012 8:34:50 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin; jazusamo
Great list, Kaslin. Thanks for the ping Jaz.

I humbly nominate my tag line for number 26.

28 posted on 04/20/2012 8:51:53 AM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: r-q-tek86

Bump for truth!


29 posted on 04/20/2012 9:00:35 AM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

You are welcome. I knew you would like it :-)


30 posted on 04/20/2012 9:42:58 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: All

bfl


31 posted on 04/20/2012 9:54:38 AM PDT by BipolarBob ("Oh no, I'm not sick, well I'm not physically sick anyway. Mentally I'm sick beyond any doctor's abi)
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To: jazusamo

Truth and wisdom, by the page full.


32 posted on 04/20/2012 11:48:14 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Kaslin; et al

BOOKbump


33 posted on 04/20/2012 7:10:53 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: Kaslin

Great post! Thank’s Kaslin....


34 posted on 04/20/2012 7:38:11 PM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: Kaslin

These are great quotes. They should be reposted and added to every so often.


35 posted on 04/21/2012 5:07:04 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: kalee

placemarker


36 posted on 04/22/2012 1:07:32 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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