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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


“It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.”-
“It is amazing how many of those who consider themselves "thinking people" respond automatically to words the way Pavlov`s dog was conditioned to respond to certain sounds”-
“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.”

"The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best"-
"The beauty of doing nothing is that you can do it perfectly"-
"The simplest and most psychologically satisfying explanation of any observed phenomenon is that it happened that way because someone wanted it to happen that way.”-
“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.”-
“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.”

“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.”-
“Reality is not optional.”-
“People used to say, "Ignorance is no excuse." Today, ignorance is no problem. After all, you have "a right to your own opinion" -- and self-esteem to boot.”-
“Much of the self-righteous nonsense that abounds on so many subjects cannot stand up to three questions: (1) Compared to what? (2) At what cost? and (3) What are the hard facts?”-
“What is more frightening than any particular policy or ideology is the widespread habit of disregarding facts.”-
“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.”-
"Facts do not speak for themselves. They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.”-
“For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert; but for every fact there is not necessarily an equal and opposite fact”

“The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.”-
“The words games of the left — from the mantra of "diversity" to the pieties of "compassion" — are not just games. They are ways of imposing power by evading issues of substance through the use of seductive rhetoric."-
"People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do"-
”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.”-
“Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.”-
"Not only does the passage of time produce knowledge, it also produces ignorance... As the passage of time removes people with first-hand knowledge of an earlier era, they are replaced by people ignorant of those times and therefore easy targets for demagogues.”

“It is amazing how many people think that the government's role is to give them what they want by overriding what other people want.”-
"The desire to order other people around and make them conform to one own’s vision takes many forms."-

“The reason so many people misunderstand so many issues is not that these issues are so complex, but that people do not want a factual or analytical explanation that leaves them emotionally unsatisfied. They want villains to hate and heroes to cheer - and they don't want explanations that do not give them that.”-

“The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.”-
“Those who have created nothing have maintained a constant barrage of criticism of those who created something.”-
“Why can't the talkers leave the doers alone? Perhaps it is because that would leave the talkers on the sidelines, with their uselessness being painfully obvious to all, instead of being in the limelight and "making a difference"

Quotes of Thomas Sowell