Thomas Sowell Quotations

CIVIL RIGHTS

“Civil rights used to be about treating everyone the same. But today some people are so used to special treatment that equal treatment is considered to be discrimination.”

ECONOMICS vs. POLITICS

“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

EDUCATION

“Ours may become the first civilization destroyed not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children.”

“The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many conservatives there are in their sociology department.”

“Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.”

GREED

“I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”

MEETINGS

“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.”

PARASITISM

“No society ever thrived because it had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who produce.”

“What exactly is your ‘fair share’ of what ‘someone else’ has worked for?”

“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.”

“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.”

PRAGMATISM AND PIPEDREAMS

“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.”

REDISTRIBUTION

“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.”

“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.”

RESPONSIBILITY

“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.”

SKIN IN THE GAME

“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.”

WELFARE

“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.”