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Facts do not speak for themselves.
by Thomas Sowell

Facts do not speak for themselves.
They speak for or against competing theories.
Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.
- Thomas Sowell

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
- Thomas Sowell

The real minimum wage is zero.
- Thomas Sowell

 

One of the most pervasive political visions of our
time is the vision of liberals as compassionate and
conservatives as less caring.
- Thomas Sowell

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

Actually lowering the cost of insurance would be accomplished
by such things as making it harder for lawyers to win
frivolous lawsuits against insurance companies.
- Thomas Sowell

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The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses.
It is about the egos of the elites.
- Thomas Sowell

There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young.
- Thomas Sowell

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

Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages
would have to rise to a level where Americans would
want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens.
- Thomas Sowell

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the
extent of your own ignorance.
- Thomas Sowell

If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians,
the barbarians are going to win.
- Thomas Sowell

If you have always believed that everyone should play
by the same rules and be judged by the same standards,
that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago,
a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.
- Thomas Sowell

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.
- Thomas Sowell

Mystical references to society and its programs to
help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it
really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.
- Thomas Sowell

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

Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of
civilization by little barbarians,
who must be civilized before it is too late.
- Thomas Sowell

Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.
- Thomas Sowell

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.
- Thomas Sowell

Too much of what is called "education" is little more
than an expensive isolation from reality.
- Thomas Sowell

Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not,
then why should this country bet billions on global
warming predictions that have even less foundation?
- Thomas Sowell

Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe
in their particular political solutions,
then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help.
- Thomas Sowell

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.
- Thomas Sowell

People who have time on their hands will inevitably
waste the time of people who have work to do.
- Thomas Sowell

The least productive people are usually the ones who
are most in favor of holding meetings.
- 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

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology accepts blacks
in the top ten percent of students,
but at MIT this puts them in the bottom ten percent of the class.
- Thomas Sowell

You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand
that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.
- Thomas Sowell

Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green;
all else is necessarily subservient to it,
hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it.
- Thomas Sowell

What 'multiculturalism' boils down to is that you can
praise any culture in the world except Western culture -
and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.
- Thomas Sowell

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization,
then be prepared to accept barbarism.
- Thomas Sowell

Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished
at the cheap price of rhetoric.
- Thomas Sowell

Balanced budget requirements seem more likely to produce
accounting ingenuity than genuinely balanced budgets.
- Thomas Sowell

Elections should be held on April 16th-
the day after we pay our income taxes.
That is one of the few things that might discourage
politicians from being big spenders.
- 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

The real goal should be reduced government spending,
rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising
tax rates to cover ever rising spending.
- Thomas Sowell

One of the common failings among honorable people is
a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable
some other people can be,
and how dangerous it is to trust them.
- Thomas Sowell

The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans,
or women and men, but between talkers and doers.
- Thomas Sowell

Mistakes can be corrected by those who pay attention
to facts but dogmatism will not be corrected by those
who are wedded to a vision.
- Thomas Sowell

The most basic question is not what is best,
but who shall decide what is best.
- Thomas Sowell

The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved.
Their descendants would have been worse off today if
born in Africa instead of America.
Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them.
- Thomas Sowell

Prices are important not because money is considered
paramount but because prices are a fast and effective
conveyor of information through a vast society in which
fragmented knowledge must be coordinated.
- Thomas Sowell

The first lesson of economics is scarcity:
there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it.
The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
- Thomas Sowell

Like a baseball game, wars are not over till they are over.
Wars don't run on a clock like football.
No previous generation was so hopelessly unrealistic
that this had to be explained to them.
- Thomas Sowell

People who identify themselves as conservatives donate
money to charity more often than people who identify themselves as liberals.
They donate more money and a higher percentage of their incomes.
- Thomas Sowell

Imagine a political system so radical as to promise
to move more of the poorest 20% of the population into
the richest 20% than remain in the poorest bracket
within the decade? You don't need to imagine it.
It's called the United States of America.
- Thomas Sowell

Tariffs that save jobs in the steel industry mean higher steel prices,
which in turn means fewer sales of American steel products
around the world and losses of far more jobs than are saved.
- Thomas Sowell

Both free speech rights and property rights belong legally to individuals,
but their real function is social, to benefit vast
numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights.
- Thomas Sowell

What is ominous is the ease with which some people
go from saying that they don't like something to saying
that the government should forbid it.
When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.
- Thomas Sowell

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.
- Thomas Sowell

It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors,
hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can
afford to pay for doctors,
hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.
- Thomas Sowell

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation
of the experience of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To deny the facts would be illogical.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

Face the facts of being what you are,
for that is what changes what you are.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
- Aldous Huxley

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

There's a world of difference between truth and facts.
Facts can obscure truth.
- Maya Angelou

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

Here are the opinions on which my facts are based.
- Anonymous

Facts are stubborn things,
but statistics are more pliable.
- Laurence J. Peter

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

If the facts don't fit the theory,
change the facts.
- Albert Einstein

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
- Arnold H. Glasow

To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.
- Felix Frankfurter

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level.
- Joyce Brothers

The grand aim of all science is to cover
the greatest number of empirical facts
by logical deduction from
the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
- Albert Einstein


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