Thomas Sowel Quotes

I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.

The rise of blacks into professional and other high-level occupations was greater in the years preceding passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than the years following passage of that act. -- P. 241

mathematics, is that many students are confident incompetents, whether discussing social issues, world events, or other subjects. -- P. 5

Women who remain single earn 91 percent of the income of men who remain single, in the age bracket from 25 to 64 years old...women are typically not educated as often in such highly paid fields as mathematics, science, and engineering, nor attracted to physically taxing and well paid fields as construction work, lumberjacking, coal mining and the like. -- P. 92

Whether moving people into government housing projects, giving them vouchers to subsidize their living in middle –class neighborhoods, or moving large numbers of them from one city to another, the evidence is clear that changing peoples location does not change their behavior. -- P. 45

Central to the concept of social justice is the notion that individuals are entitled to some share of the wealth produced by a society, simply by virtue of being members of that society, and irrespective of any individual contribution made or not made to the production of that wealth. -- P. 192

The great ideological crusades of twentieth-century intellectuals have ranged across the most disparate fields-from the eugenics movement of the early decades of the century to the environmentalism of the latter decades, not to mention the welfare state, socialism, communism, Keynesian economics, and medical, nuclear, and automotive safety. What all these highly disparate crusades have in common is their moral exaltation of the anointed above others, who are to have their very different views nullified and superseded by the views of the anointed, imposed via the power of government. -- P. 5

History is the memory of the human race. For an individual to wake up some morning with no memory would be devastating. -- P. 276

-moral equivalence- whatever form it takes- is moral self-exaltation. -- P. 137

-sweeping dismissals of the past are more than just a passing fashion or a personal vanity. They are a dangerous destruction of the hard-earned experience of millions of human beings, living through centuries of struggle with the tragedy of the human condition, and the replacement of this rich legacy with unsubstantiated and self-flattering fancies. -- P. 253

When people are presented with the alternatives of hating themselves for their failures or hating others for their success, they seldom choose to hate themselves. -- P. 77

programs, is met by further claims that this shows the signs of racism of the larger society overflowing into the schools. -- P. 84 - 85

During World War I, for example, black soldiers from Ohio, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania scored higher on mental tests than did white soldiers from Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi, even though whites nationwide scored higher than blacks nationwide. -- P. 371

It is difficult to survey the history of racial or ethnic relations without being appalled by the inhumanity, brutality, and viciousness of it all. But there are no more futile or dangerous efforts than attempts to redress the wrongs of history. . . This may be frustrating and galling, but that is no justification for taking out those frustrations on living human beings-or for generating new strife by creating privileges for those who are contemporary reminders of historical guilt. -- P. 251

reach the top ten percent in individual income required an income of $87,300 in 2004. -- P. 138

People were enslaved because they were vulnerable, not because of how they looked. -- P. 113

The knowledge of how to build replacements is far more important than the physical things in which that knowledge is embodied at a given moment. So long as the human capital is not destroyed, the physical destruction can always be repaired or replaced. -- P. 336

Note that merely killing middleman minorities was not considered sufficient. Gratuitous infliction of both physical and psychic pain has marked violence against the Chinese in Southeast Asia, as well as against the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, and the Jews in Europe. This suggests that what their enemies feel is not simply a need to be rid of them but also a need to rid themselves of feelings of inferiority by subjecting middleman minorities to humiliation and dehumanization. -- P. 103

The most dangerous kind of ignorance is the ignorance of the educated. -- P. 102

The percentage of employed blacks who were professional and technical workers rose less in the five years following the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than in the five years preceding it. -- P. 49