Sunday, February 28, 2021

February Words of Wisdom: Thomas Sowell Edition

Thomas Sowell is one of the most intellectual and quotable people I've ever seen. I collect quotes (the current Word document is up to 70 pages) and there are probably more Sowell quotes than anyone else, including Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, and Marcus Aurelius. I was finding so many new ones this month that I decided to just give the gentleman his own list.

One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again. --Thomas Sowell

Too many journalists see their work as an opportunity to promote their own pet political notions, rather than a responsibility to inform the public and let their readers and viewers decide for themselves. --Thomas Sowell

When you want to help people you, tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. --Thomas Sowell

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

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 flamboyantly. --Thomas Sowell

The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling. --Thomas Sowell

Emotions neither prove or 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

The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many republicans there are in their sociology department. --Thomas Sowell

Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest. --Thomas Sowell

People who pride themselves in their "complexity" and deride others for being "simplistic" should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth. --Thomas Sowell

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