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Thomas Sowell Для англоязычных.

"One of the bittersweet things about growing old is realizing how mistaken you were when you were young. As a young political leftist, I saw the left as the voice of the common man. Nothing could be further from the truth."
"There has now been created a world in which the success of others is a grievance, rather than an example."
"What I most disliked about Harvard was that smug assumptions were too often treated as substitutes for evidence or logic. The idea seemed to be that if we bright and good fellows all believed something, it must be true."
"Facts are seldom allowed to contaminate the beautiful vision of the left. What matters to the true believers are the ringing slogans, endlessly repeated."
"Schools are quick to blame everyone and everything but themselves for the failures of American education. To them, every bad teacher is the exception and every bad parent is the rule."
"The older I get, the more I realize that arguing on the basis of facts and logic only gets you labeled as someone who is out of step with the times, if not lacking in compassion."
‏"Insulating people from reality produces unrealistic people. It doesn't matter whether they are welfare recipients, spoiled rich kids, tenured professors in the ivy league, or federal judges with lifetime appointments."
“Some Americans will never appreciate America, until after they have helped destroy it, and have then begun to suffer the consequences.”
“There was a time when we honored those who created the prosperity and the freedom that we enjoy. Today we honor the complainers and sue the creators. Perhaps that is inevitable in an era when we no longer count our blessings, but instead count all our unfulfilled wishes.”
"Intellectuals give people who have the handicap of poverty the further handicap of a sense of victimhood."
"Nothing is easier than to get peaceful people to renounce violence, even when they provide no concrete ways to prevent violence from others."
"Ethnic identity movements are ways of getting rid of minor discomforts by creating major catastrophes."
"Because of the neglect of history in our educational system, most people have no idea how many of the great American fortunes were created by people who were born and raised in worse poverty than the average welfare-recipient today."
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