Wednesday, May 13

Thomas Sowell | Favorite Quotations

He's a famous economist. Does some very thought provoking work. I can remember one book that we have on affirmative action. It's a classic. I frequently quote him son. But then I came across his favourite quotations. Some of them are thought provoking.

I was looking through the sharps catalogue yesterday. And thinking. Sharps are very good and do very long lasting work. The book cases, the two desks downstairs. Brilliant work. It's been what 15 years now? And still going very strong. I see no reason to replace of fix them for the next 30 years.

So was thinking about your room. What kind of structure would we need for your room for the next 10-20-30 years? You will need the room as an undergraduate student. Maybe live with us for a few months or years while you start work. And then you'll have your own place but you and your girlfriend will come and stay with us over weekends or holidays if you're abroad. And then you'll have kids. I know I know your baba has strange ideas. So what kind of decor will we need?

You need loads of shelving and hanging space. Space for a double bed. Maybe not such a big desk as people don't use pc's any more and use laptops or tablets . Place for a good armchair. A sort of dressing table with a large mirror (makeup) and a full length mirror. Maybe a foldaway desk/table top to save space.

Just some thoughts son. We will speak more before the interior designer comes on Saturday. I'm conscious that you have very particular tastes and preferences and you will be using the room for the next few decades :)

Love and missing you


Thomas Sowell |  Quotations
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...I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind.

--David Ricardo1

The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false. 

--Paul Johnson2

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