Ten Amazing Quotes From Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is an author, economist, social theorist, and intellectual who has often challenged the politically correct narrative. His works, speeches, and books have inspired many with his observations and commentary. Here are Ten Amazing Quotes From Thomas Sowell:

“Facts do not “speak for themselves.” They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theory or visions are mere isolated curiosities.” – A Conflict of Visions (1987)

“Ideas are everywhere, but knowledge is rare.” – Knowledge and Decisions (1980)

“Envy plus rhetoric equals “social justice.” – The Thomas Sowell Reader (2011)

“Neither in nature nor among human beings are either equal or randomly distributed outcomes automatic. On the contrary, grossly unequal distributions of outcomes are common, both in nature and among people, in circumstances where neither genes nor discrimination are involved… The idea that it would be a level playing field, if it were not for either genes or discrimination, is a preconception in defiance of both logic and facts.” – Discriminations and Disparities (2018)

“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. Know-it-alls in the school system do not lose one dime or one hour’s sleep if their bright ideas turn out to be all wrong, or even disastrous, for the child.” – ‘Wake up, Parents,’ Jewish World Review (2000)

“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.” – ‘The Survival of the Left,’ Forbes (1997)

“What the welfare system and other kinds of governmental programs are doing is paying people to fail. In so far as they fail, they receive the money; in so far as they succeed, even to a moderate extent, the money is taken away.” – TV’s “Free to Choose” (1980)

“The case for the political left looks more plausible on the surface but is harder to keep believing in as you become more experienced.” – Compassion Versus Guilt and Other Essays (1987)

“History shows that degeneracy can be turned around because it has been done in the past. But the real question today is: Will we turn it around-or is what we are doing likely to make matters worse?” – Barbarians inside the Gates? (1999)

“In its pursuit of justice for a segment of society, in disregard of the consequences for society as a whole, what is called ‘social justice’ might more accurately be called anti-social justice, since what consistently gets ignored or dismissed are precisely the costs to society. Such a conception of justice seeks to correct, not only biased or discriminatory acts by individuals or by social institutions, but unmerited disadvantages in general, from whatever source they may arise.” – The Quest for Cosmic Justice (2001)

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