Thomas Sowell

 Adolescence is a relatively recent thing in human history -- a period of years between the constraints of childhood and the responsibilities of adulthood. This irresponsible period of adolescence is artificially extended by long years of education, much of it wasted on frivolities. Tenure extends adolescence even further for teachers and professors.

 Many disastrous mistakes, in both public and private life, are not due to people thinking stupidly but to their not bothering to think at all. If you don't stop and think, then it doesn't matter whether you are a genius or a moron.

 I am still trying to figure out how I am any worse off if Rush Limbaugh takes painkillers or Martha Stewart gets an inside tip.

 It is truly a triumph of rhetoric over reality when people can believe that going into politics is "public service," but that producing food, shelter, transportation, or medical care is not. In California, producing shelter gets you condemned as a "developer" -- especially by those in "public service."

 There is a difference between the "Baseball Encyclopedia" and the "Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball." One difference is that the former lists Grover Cleveland Alexander as number one in lifetime shutouts with 90, while the latter -- accurately -- lists Walter Johnson as number one with 110.

 It is painful to watch Serena Williams dressing like a street walker. The Williams sisters are going to go down in tennis history and you don't want to be remembered looking cheap. You certainly wouldn't want your grandchildren seeing you looking that way.

Thomas Sowell

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

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