Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

  • A magician was asked what had happened to the lady he used to saw in half in his act. "Oh, she's retired," he said. "Now she lives in Chicago -- and Denver."

  • Despite the rhetoric of the "haves" and the "have-nots" that is so dear to the heart of the political left, a more accurate description of most Americans today would be the "have-lots" and the "have-lots-more."

  • Not since the days of Joe Louis has any athlete been so universally admired and respected as Tiger Woods.

  • More than half of all the tornadoes in the world occur in just one country -- the United States. How often have you heard of a tornado striking England, Argentina or China?

  • Big business executives across the country are coming up with literally hundreds of millions of dollars of their own money to pay for low-income youngsters to attend private schools. But this doesn't fit the media's vision, so it isn't called "compassion" and often it isn't even considered to be news worth reporting.

  • The people I feel sorry for are those who do 90 percent of what it takes to succeed.

  • E-mail from a reader: "How come we need to understand the anger and resentment of Palestinian Arabs who strap dynamite to themselves and slaughter children eating pizza, but a white American who puts pipe bombs in mailboxes is casually dismissed as crazy?"

  • 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.

  • Why can't baseball use the kinds of machines that are used in tennis matches to tell whether a ball is inside or outside of certain lines? That would put a stop to umpires calling pitches strikes when the ball doesn't pass over any part of the plate. Why should each umpire have his own personal strike zone?

  • Trust is one of those things that is much easier to maintain than it is to repair.

  • I often wonder what happened to the first students I taught at Douglass College nearly 40 years ago, whom I remember more vividly than the much larger numbers of students that I taught at other places since then.

Thomas Sowell

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

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