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65 Famous Quotes by Ludwig von Mises
9/29/1881 - 10/10/1973
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The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.

Politics / government Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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A nation's policy form an integral whole. Foreign policy and domestic policy are closely linked together; they are but one system; they condition each other.

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It is not conclusive proof of a doctrine's correctness that its adversaries use the police, the hangman, and violent mobs to fight it. But it is a proof of the fact that those taking recourse to violent oppression are in their subconsciousness convinced of the untenability of their own doctrines.

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The rich adopt novelties and become accustomed to their use. This sets a fashion which others imitate. Once the richer classes have adopted a certain way of living, producers have an incentive to improve the methods of manufacture so that soon it is possible for the poorer classes to follow suit. Thus luxury furthers progress. Innovation "is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public. The luxury today is the necessity of tomorrow." Luxury is the roadmaker of progress: it develops latent needs and makes people discontented. In so far as they think consistently, moralists who condemn luxury must recommend the comparatively desireless existence of the wild life roaming in the woods as the ultimate ideal of civilized life.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Scientific criticism has no nobler task than to shatter false beliefs.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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The philosophy called individualism is a philosophy of social cooperation and the progressive intensification of the social nexus.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Business is a means- the only means- to increase the quantity of goods available for preserving life and rendering it more agreeable.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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What pays under capitalism is satisfying the common man, the customer. The more people you satisfy, the better for you.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.

Manufacturing Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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He who disdains the fall in infant mortality and the gradual disappearance of famines and plagues may cast the first stone upon the materialism of the economists.

Famine Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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The essential characteristic of Western civilization that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified civilizations of the East was and is its concern for freedom from the state. The history of the West, from the age of the Greek polis down to the present-day resistance to socialism, is essentially the history of the fight for liberty against the encroachments of the officeholders.

Politics / government Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty.

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If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.

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The aim of all struggles for liberty is to keep in bounds the armed defenders of peace, the governors and their constables. The political concept of the individual's freedom means: freedom from arbitrary action on the part of the police power.

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...economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics.

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Government and state can never be perfect because they owe their raison d'etre to the imperfection of man and can attain their end, the elimination of man's innate impulse to violence, only by recourse to violence, the very thing they are called upon to prevent.

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Government is beating into submission, imprisoning, and killing...The authority of man-made law is entirely due to weapons of the constables who enforce obedience to its provisions.

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One can become a leader only if one is supported by an ideology which makes other people tractable and accommodating.

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For the sake of domestic peace, liberalism aims at democratic government. Democracy is therefore not a revolutionary institution. On the contrary it is the very means of preventing revolution and civil wars. It provides a method for the peaceful adjustment of government to the will of the majority.

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The essence of democracy is not that everyone makes and administers laws but that lawgivers and rulers should be dependent on the people's will in such a way that they may be peaceably changed if conflict occurs.

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If the small minority of enlightened citizens who are able to conceive sound principles of political management do not succeed in winning the support of their fellow citizens and converting them to the endorsement of policies that bring and preserve prosperity, the cause of mankind and civilization is hopeless. There is no other means to safeguard a propitious development of human affairs than to make the masses of inferior people adopt the ideas of the elite. This has to be achieved by convincing them. It cannot be accomplished by a despotic regime that instead of enlightening the masses beats them into submission. In the long run the ideas of the majority, however detrimental they may be, will carry on. The future of mankind depends on the ability of the elite to influence public opinion in the right direction.

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To complain of lack of leadership is, in the field of political affairs, the characteristic attitude of all harbingers of dictatorship.

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Against nature and within nature there is no freedom.

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The first thing a genius needs is to breath free air.

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