Thomas SowellThomas Sowell, (1930- ) Writer and economist

Thomas Sowell Quote

“One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.”

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
~ Thomas Sowell

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Ahh yes, a 'We The People's' experience at looking through a magnifying glass at the politicians that will say anything to get into office and do anything to remain in power.

jim k, austin

That is why it is so hard for some people to recognise just how thoroughly corrupt our Congress is.

Waffler, Smith

Honorable people should live by the Golden Rule. Thus they expect honorable actions from others. Living this way generally works out. When the other fails in this regard then the honorable person should change their opinion and appreciate how dishonorable the other is. To distrust all others as a matter of policy is a lousy way to live. Do you expect to be trusted, are you a person of your word and of honor? Do you think you are the only honorable person in the world? If so, had sad!

Susanna Ferry, Westcliffe colorado

In my opinion Thomas Sowell is one of the most intelligent, best "thought-out" person alive today on planet earth.

cal, lewisville, tx

Waffler, maybe we should all think like lawyers. Always in writing and documented!

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RBESRQ    11/16/09

One of the common failings among honorable people is doing nothing in the face of evil.

Waffler, Smith

Cal most transactions among people is still conducted in accordance with the concept of "good will", "fair and honest dealing". It is amazing that those who are skeptical about government are also skeptical about there fellow man. To be always distrustful or think others are mostly dishonorable is a to me a show of weakness and temerity, I am big enough and flexible enough to recover from the occasional knave, and thankful that most people are decent, honorable and believe in the Golden Rule.

warren, olathe

Sure Waffler you are so into trusting dishonorable and untrustworthy people. Im sure you trust Obama. I am sure you will think him a hero no matter how big a mess he makes.

Waffler, Smith

I only trust you Warren on the facts concerning the Civil War. You got to learn on whom to trust for what, But yes for starters, I allow the other guy to reach for his first then I nail the bast***. Some people you can read right out of the chute like Sarah.

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Anon    11/20/09

Waffler, it's true that most transactions between people on a day to day basis are accomplished by following the golden rule. It is only when money enters the picture that the golden rule and love thy neighbor goes out the window as we turn off the golden rule and greed sets the new ethics for what is right or wrong and money, celebrity, and power over others is most important in life. How much power, feuled by the greed of others, are people willing to give up before they can't take it anymore? That is the question.

E Archer, NYC

Absolutely true, and Waffler displays the convoluted thinking required to ignore painful truths. Of course his tune would be different if the Republicans were in the Oval Office and the majority in Congress. He doesn't call himself 'Waffler' for nothing! Listen, the Founders were honorable men, for the most part, and they knew the temptations that come with power. The Constitution was written to place checks and balances upon government officers so that any dishonorable act could be prevented by the other branches. Power corrupts and the Founders knew it. The talking heads of today are not independent, they are paid actors, and toe the line if they want to keep their jobs. That is why TV talk show celebrities do not cover stories that expose the dishonorable actions of their employers. The cause of humankind is the same as it has always been -- Truth, Love, and Courage -- if we aspire to further these ideals through our actions, we will prosper beyond our wildest imaginations, but Lies, Hatred, and Fear are the tools of the 'dark side' and do indeed lead to bondage and suffering -- and I am not talking about the afterlife! Your choice...


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