Quotes by Thomas Sowell

 
Thomas Sowell
I never cease to be amazed at how often people throw around the lofty phrase "social justice" without the slightest effort to define it. It cannot be defined because it is an attitude masquerading as a principle. view tweet
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People who are forever ready to charge others with "greed" never apply that word to the government. But, if you think the government is never greedy, check out what the government does under the escheat laws and eminent domain. view tweet
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One of the reasons people don't bother to stop and think is that symbolism lets them feel good about themselves. They can go through life leaving havoc in their wake, while enjoying a warm glow of self-approval. view tweet
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If I were rich, I would have a plaque made up, and sent to every judge in America, bearing a statement made by Adam Smith more than two and a half centuries ago: "Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." view tweet
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If massive programs are the only hope to reduce violence in the ghetto, why was there so much less violence long before anyone ever thought of these programs? view tweet
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If crime is a product of poverty and discrimination as they say endlessly, why was there so much less of it when poverty and discrimination were much worse than today? view tweet
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One of the few compensations for growing old is accumulating memories and sharing them with others. view tweet
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Have we become a country whose leaders are charlatans, and whose people are sheep? view tweet
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Crises have long been seen as great opportunities to expand the federal government’s power while the people are too scared to object and before any opposition can get organized. view tweet
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My theory of how to get rid of poverty is to hold a meeting of all the leading experts on poverty somewhere in the middle of the Pacific and not let them go home for 10 years. When they came back, they would discover there was no more poverty. view tweet
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The black community has long been plagued by spellbinding orators who know how to turn the hopes and fears of others into dollars and cents for themselves. view tweet
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Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial. view tweet
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In area after area—crime, education, housing, race relations—the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them. view tweet
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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. view tweet
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Neither the educational problems nor the propaganda problems can be solved without allowing parents the option to take their children out of the failing schools they are forced to attend. view tweet

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