Thomas Sowell Quotes

Most popular Thomas Sowell Quotes

Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.
— Thomas Sowell

talking action

In short, honesty is more than a moral principle. It is also a major economic factor.

honesty

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously.
— Thomas Sowell

truth

No matter how much people on the left talk about compassion, they have no compassion for the taxpayers.
— Thomas Sowell

liberal

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

socialism

I am so old that I can remember when other people's achievements were considered to be an inspiration, rather than a grievance.
— Thomas Sowell

envy

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.
— Thomas Sowell

education democracy

One of the most pathetic—and dangerous—signs of our times is the growing number of individuals and groups who believe that no one can possibly disagree with them for any honest reason.
— Thomas Sowell

America politics

It is bad enough that so many people believe things without any evidence. What is worse is that some people have no conception of evidence and regard facts as just someone else's opinion.
— Thomas Sowell

critical thinking facts

If you cannot achieve equality of performance among people born to the same parents and raised under the same roof, how realistic is it to expect to achieve it across broader and deeper social divisions?
— Thomas Sowell

equality

Europe is belatedly discovering how unbelievably stupid it was to import millions of people from cultures that despise Western values and which often promote hatred toward the people who have let them in.
— Thomas Sowell
Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.
— Thomas Sowell

Activism

Anyone who studies the history of ideas should notice how much more often people on the political left, more so than others, denigrate and demonize those who disagree with them — instead of answering their arguments.
— Thomas Sowell

liberal

One of the bittersweet things about growing old is realizing how mistaken you were when you were young. As a young political leftist, I saw the left as the voice of the common man. Nothing could be further from the truth.
— Thomas Sowell

socialism

It is hard to think of any word that has confused more issues than the word 'rights.' Nowadays, almost anything that anybody wants is called a 'right'—a magic word that does away with the need for evidence, logic or even common sense.
— Thomas Sowell

rights

Emotions neither prove nor disprove facts. There was a time when any rational adult understood this. But years of dumbed-down education and emphasis on how people 'feel' have left too many people unable to see through this media gimmick.
— Thomas Sowell

media emotion

Why do actors — people whose main talent is faking emotions — think that their opinions should be directing the course of political events in the real world? Yet it is a mistake that they have been making as far back as John Wilkes Booth.
— Thomas Sowell
The last person to trust with power is someone who is dying to have it. The best person to wield power is someone who is reluctant to do so, but who will do it for a while as a civic duty. That is why term limits should make it impossible to have a whole career in politics.
— Thomas Sowell

politics power