Friday, September 14, 2012

Words of Wisdom

Today I felt like sharing some quotes from Thomas Sowell. Click on his photograph to learn more about him. I can relate to everyone of these... Enjoy!

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

"Intellect is not wisdom."

"The charge is often made against the intelligentsia and other members of the anointed that their theories and the policies based on them lack common sense. But the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?"

"Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good."

"Experience trumps brilliance."

"The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling."

"One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence."

"Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions — and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large."

"In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians’ fingerprints on the murder weapon."

"There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs."
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22 comments:

  1. I had to read #3 a few times... oy. Need more coffee!

    Have a fab Friday honey! big hugs xoxo

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  2. Written by a very wise man. So true. Sad, huh?

    Big hugs, honey...

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  3. The man is a genius, but then you knew that. Your hidden side is showing, but that's a good thing at times. These times need that.

    Your weight scale below is looking GOOD!

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  4. There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs. Quite profound.

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  5. #7 is so darn true. They are all terrific. Love #2 and #5. Thanks for this Sandee. Take care.

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  6. How many do I need to agree with before I win the prize//haha

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  7. I have great respect for Sowell, I use his quotes regularly. Too bad he has used common sense, as he has been roundly rejected by the Elite Class. He makes too much sense for our officials to take seriously.

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  8. Super quotes! #10 is superb. It is true for any nation, any party and any politician universally.
    Have a great day!

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  9. I can't pick one they are all good :-)

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  10. I've never heard of him. I like his views.

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  11. Tomas Sowell is a man for the ages. Would it not be something if all of our children and grandchildren could be educated by him!

    To bad his own race and the Liberal elite call Thomas Sowell a "Uncle Tom". Sad...very Sad.

    Have a boatalicious weekend!

    PLU from SSF

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  12. Love these ... especially the first one!

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  13. Dr Sowell is an intelligent and a WISE man. I always learn something from the articles he writes.

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  14. I am impressed with Dr. Sowell. I like his stand, laissez-faire economics. That means let the economy run itself and it will do a good job.

    When I taught my business class, for laissez-faire economics I would 'remind' my class that there was a 'lazy fairy handling the economics of the situation under study.
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  15. love this! read it twice to remember more!

    smiles, bee
    oxooxoxoxo

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  16. Another black man excoriated by academia because he dares to be conservative. He's brilliant, unlike the pretender in chief.

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  17. This guy is one smart cookie.

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  18. I hadn't heard of him before but he's very profound and wise. Made me think!

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  19. Wise words! They certainly give serious food for thought! Thanks for sharing Sandee.

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  20. Those are great and ring true to me. Common sense cannot be learned--unfortunately if you don't have it now you will never have it.

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  21. If common sense was common, well. . .

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  22. Thomas Sowell is reviled by the Left because he is all the things that they are not, and he doesn't 'need' them.

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