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65 Famous Quotes by Ludwig von Mises
9/29/1881 - 10/10/1973
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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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The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty.

Politics / government Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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

Politics / government Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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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.

Politics / government Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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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.

Politics / government Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Progress is precisely that which the rules and regulations did not foresee.

Politics / government Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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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.

Politics / government Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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The first condition for the establishment of perpetual peace is the general adoption of the principles of laissez-faire capitalism.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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It is impossible to understand the history of economic thought if one does not pay attention to the fact that economics as such is a challenge to the conceit of those in power.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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As the science of economics...exploded the fallacies of every brand of utopianism, it was outlawed and stigmatized as unscientific.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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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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Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought.

Psychological subjects 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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The criterion of truth is that it works even if nobody is prepared to acknowledge it.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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People do not cooperate under the division of labor because they love or should love one another. They cooperate because this best serves their own interests. Neither love nor charity nor any other sympathetic sentiments but rightly understood selfishness is what originally impelled man to adjust himself to the requirements of society, to respect the rights and freedoms of his fellow men and to substitute peaceful collaboration for enmity and conflict.

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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Economics is not about things and tangible material objects; it is about men, their meanings and actions.

Finance and economics 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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...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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