Thomas Sowell

Impractical men especially need to get married. The problem is that practical women may have better sense than to marry them.

I hate old has-been hotels, stuffy over their former glory and usually inefficient.

A careful definition of words would destroy half the agenda of the political left and scrutinizing evidence would destroy the other half.

When you see a four-year-old bossing a two-year-old, you are seeing the fundamental problem of the human race -- and the reason so many idealistic political movements for a better world have ended in mass-murdering dictatorships. Giving leaders enough power to create "social justice" is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.

Cowards identify themselves by attacking those who cannot fight back. CBS struck a new low in cowardice by producing a dramatization of Ronald Reagan's career that puts hateful words in his mouth that he never said. Selling it to another channel was another sign of their gutlessness.

As I try to clear out the paper jungle in my office, my wife has suggested using dynamite. But I am saving that as Plan B.

Too many people do not distinguish the vagaries of fate from the sins of man. There are plenty of both but they are fundamentally different -- and what can be done about them is very different.

Has the travel channel become the gambling channel?

Do people who react negatively to the word "profits" have any speck of evidence or any hint of logic to support their reaction? Or are they prepared to admit that they have been conditioned to react to sounds, much like Pavlov's dog?

Recently, as I was driving home in my nine-year-old car, I saw someone in a new Lexus turn into my driveway ahead of me. It turned out to be my assistant, bringing some material from the office. Only in America.

Most people who read "The Communist Manifesto" probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of "the workers." Similar offspring of inherited wealth have repeatedly provided the leadership of radical movements, with similar pretenses of speaking for "the people."

You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing. If you have been living in a world where outcomes are everything, you may have a very hard time understanding bureaucratic thinking or practices.

Thomas Sowell

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

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