Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene.

  • Doing the right thing is fun. If nothing else, it surprises people.

  • Best television news anchor man: Brian Williams of MSNBC. The worst? Too many candidates and too close to call.

  • It took September 11th to get some people to remember December 7th. An earlier study showed that most students at big name universities like Harvard and Stanford did not know the date of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • You have to have a sense of humor if you follow politics. Otherwise, the sheer fraudulence of it all will get you down.

  • 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. Do we need to keep repeating the same mistakes forever?

  • Time really does seem to speed up as you get older. Sometimes it seems as if every other day is the weekend.

  • The one big advantage of California's outrageous housing prices is that, if things get really tough, you can always sell your California bungalow, go buy a mansion in some other state, and still have money left over.

  • When Western countries in the past were as poor as Third World countries are today, these Western countries nevertheless had one big advantage: There was no large and influential class of the intelligentsia to impede their progress with unsubstantiated theories and counterproductive propaganda.

  • Two things that seldom seem to go together are genius and common sense. When I try to think of people with both, the first name that comes to mind is Milton Friedman. But it is a struggle to try to come up with more names after that.

  • Politicians who are nailed by their own words often try to evade responsibility by saying that their statements were "taken out of context." They should then be asked to explain just what those words meant when taken in context.

  • A successful businessman who graduated from a well-known university that has the usual anti-business bias says: "When called for donations to the undergrad or law school, I politely refuse, using the analogy of asking a Jew to finance the Nazi Ministry of Propaganda."

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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