Top 20+ Thomas Sowell Quotes freedom, politics, intellectuals

Hello Everyone Welcome To kkquotes.com Check out these Thomas Sowell quotes thomas sowell American economist and political commentator quotes on Intellectuals and Society Quotes Happy Birthday Thomas Sowell Quotes.Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Born in North Carolina, Sowell grew up in Harlem, New York. Wikipedia

Born: 30 June 1930 (age 91 years), Gastonia, North Carolina, United States
Children: 2
Alma mater: Harvard University (BA); Columbia University (MA); University of Chicago (PhD)
Awards: Francis Boyer Award; National Humanities Medal; Bradley Prize; getAbstract International Book Award
Doctoral advisor: George Stigler
Spouse: Mary Ash (m. 1980), Alma Jean Parr (m. 1964–1975)

Thomas Sowell quotes

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There has never been a shortage of people eager to draw up blueprints for running other people’s lives.”
— Thomas Sowell
“You can’t stop people from saying bad things about you. All you can do is make them liars.”
— Thomas Sowell,
“There seems to be a growing number of people who think that the world should adjust to them, while they don’t have to show any consideration to anyone.”
— Thomas Sowell,
Insulating people from reality produces unrealistic people. It doesn’t matter whether they are welfare recipients, spoiled rich kids, tenured professors in the ivy league, or federal judges with lifetime appointments.”
— Thomas Sowell
“Understanding the limitations of human beings is the beginning of wisdom.”
— Thomas Sowell
“The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”
— Thomas Sowell
“People don’t usually grow up when there are other people who make excuses for their immaturity.”
— Thomas Sowell
“Few skills are so well rewarded as the ability to convince parasites that they are victims.”
— Thomas Sowell
“Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.”
— Thomas Sowell
“Competition does a much more effective job than government at protecting consumers.”
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“Before attempting to determine the effect of institutions, it is necessary to consider the inherent circumstances, constraints, and impelling forces at work in the environment within which the institutional mechanisms function.”
— Thomas Sowell

Intellectuals and Society Quotes

Thomas Sowell quotes social justice

“Intellect is not wisdom.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“Reality does not go away when it is ignored.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“Nothing is easier than to get peaceful people to renounce violence, even when they provide no concrete ways to prevent violence from others.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“A fool can put on his coat better than a wise man can put it on for him.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“As George J. Stigler said of some of his fellow Nobel Laureates, they “issue stern ultimata to the public on almost a monthly basis, and sometimes on no other basis.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“What is called “social” planning are in fact government orders over-riding the plans and mutual accommodations of millions of people subject to those orders.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“Abstract people have an immortality which flesh-and-blood people have yet to achieve.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“Nothing is easier than to find some individuals—in any group—who share a given writer’s opinion, and to quote such individuals as if their views were typical.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“When intellectuals are unable to find enough contemporary grievances to suit their vision or agenda, they can mine the past for harm inflicted by some on others.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“In many fields, it is often the specialist—sometimes the monomaniac—who is most likely to produce the peak achievements”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

 

“people share a very similar vision of the world and treat its conclusions as axioms rather than as hypotheses that need to be checked against facts.”
― Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

Latest Thomas Sowell Quotes from Interviews

Thomas Sowell quotes on freedom

Child poverty in the United States declined after the work requirement was put in there. People realized that they had to work and people went out and worked and they got off welfare.

 

If you don’t control the borders, it doesn’t matter what immigration laws you have.

 

People in the political world have every incentive to say things that lead voters away from a clear economic understanding of issues. What has happened more and more is that organized groups have more and more reasons to say things that don’t make any economic sense.

 

People have a vested interest in promoting one set of polices rather than finding out what the truth is.

 

What makes it possible for politicians to do so many things that are economically counterproductive is that neither the public nor the media know enough of the basics to understand what’s wrong with what they’re saying.

 

You need to be empathetic in your own personal life and we help our neighbors and our friends out who are struggling in our neighborhoods. But we don’t make bad decisions based on empathy.

 

The whole idea of equal justice under law is completely incompatible with the idea of judges deciding cases according to “empathy”.

 

We’re not a socialist country, because the socialists believe in government ownership in the means of production, but the fascists believe that the government should have private ownership and the politicians should tell people how to run the businesses. So that’s the route we seem to be going.
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Thomas Sowell Quotes Country

Thomas Sowell quotes on truth

Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?

 

Most of the founders of this country had day jobs for years. They were not career politicians. … We need leaders with experience in the real world, not experience in the phony world of politic

 

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

 

A friend from India told me that a countryman of his said: “I want to go to America. I want to see a country where poor people are fat.”

 

Do countries with strong gun control laws have lower murder rates? Only if you cherry-pick the data.

 

Right after liberal Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans.

 

Like so many before him who have ruined countries around the world, Obama has a greatly inflated idea of his own capabilities and the capabilities off what can be accomplished by rhetoric or even by political power.

 

In the United States, liberals have made it virtually impossible [to increase the supply of oil] by banning drilling in all sorts of places and preventing any new refinery from being built anywhere in the country in the last 30 years.

Thomas Sowell Quotes About Politicians

Thomas Sowell quotes on meetings

Any politician who can be elected only by turning Americans against other Americans is too dangerous to be elected.

 

Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.

 

If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves

 

Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ‘racists’

 

The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.

 

In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected.

 

Most of the founders of this country had day jobs for years. They were not career politicians. … We need leaders with experience in the real world, not experience in the phony world of politics.

 

Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government.

 

The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers. Unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations and politicians are for politicians.

Thomas Sowell Quotes Economics

thomas sowell quotes on intellectuals

If politicians stopped meddling with things they don’t understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocates.

 

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.

 

Capitalism is not an ‘ism.’ It is closer to being the opposite of an ‘ism,’ because it is simply the freedom of ordinary people to make whatever economic transactions they can mutually agree to.

 

Economics is concerned with what emerges, not what anyone intended.

 

We seem to be getting closer and closer to a situation where nobody is responsible for what they did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did.

 

The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people’s money away quietly, and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.

 

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

 

All the political angst and moral melodrama about getting ‘the rich’ to pay ‘their fair share’ is part of a big charade. This is not about economics, it is about politics.

 

Asking liberals where wages and prices come from is like asking six-year-olds where babies come from.

 

Thomas Sowell Quotes Public School

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The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity.

 

Lunches don’t get free just because you don’t see the prices on the menu. And economists don’t get popular by reminding people of that.

 

“Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
― Thomas Sowell

 

“Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.”
― Thomas Sowell

 

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

 

“There are only two ways of telling the complete truth–anonymously and posthumously.”
― Thomas Sowell

 

“Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on “income distribution,” the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.”
― Thomas Sowell

 

“When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”
― Thomas Sowell

 

“Competition does a much more effective job than government at protecting consumers.”
― Thomas Sowel

 

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

The Thomas Sowell Reader Quotes

Thomas Sowell quotes absurdity

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“No matter how much people on the left talk about compassion, they have no compassion for the taxpayers.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“Age gives you an excuse for not being very good at things that you were not very good at when you were young.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“Government “planning” is not an alternative to chaos. It is a pre-emption of other people’s plans.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“Suppose you are wrong? How would you know? How would you test for that possibility?”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“The essence of bigotry is denying others the same rights you claim for yourself. Green bigots are a classic example.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“Have you gone crazy, Lefty?” “No. On the contrary, I have become educated.” “Sometimes that’s worse, these days.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“our brightest kids have been going downhill even faster than our average kids.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“The idea that students can determine relevance in advance is one of the many counterproductive notions to come out of the 1960s.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“Much of what is taught in our schools and colleges today seeks to break down traditional values, and replace them with more fancy and fashionable notions, of which “a duty to die” is just one.”
― Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader

 

“Competition does a much more effective job than government at protecting consumers.”
― Thomas Sowell

Basic Economics Quotes

Thomas Sowell quotes on politics

“A society in which such decisions can only be made by males has thrown away half of its knowledge, talents, and insights.”
― Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics

 

“The difference is that one system involves each individual making choices for himself or herself, while the other system involves a small number of people making choices for millions of others.”
― Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics

 

“One of the main problems of price control is to define the appropriate price of what is being controlled”
― Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics

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