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65 Famous Quotes by Ludwig von Mises
9/29/1881 - 10/10/1973
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It is the worst of all superstitions to assume that the epistemological characteristics of one branch of knowledge must necessarily be applicable to any other branch.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Reason's biological function is to preserve and promote life and to postpone its extinction as long as possible. Thinking and acting are not contrary to nature; they are, rather, the foremost features of man's nature. The most appropriate description of man as differentiated from nonhuman beings is: a being purposively struggling against the forces adverse to his life.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Reason is the main resource of man in his struggle for survival.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Each epoch has found in the Gospels what it sought to find there, and has overlooked what it wished to overlook.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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The prevailing legal and moral views of a time are held not only by those whom they benefit but by those, too, who appear to suffer from them. Their domination is expressed in that fact- that the people from whom they claim sacrifice accept them.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Society is joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner's success as a means for the attainment of his own.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Society is only possible on these terms, that the individual finds therein a strengthening of his own ego and his own will.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Progress cannot be organized.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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The avowed aim of all utopian movements is to put an end to history and to establish a final and permanent calm.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Historical knowledge is indispensable for those who want to build a better world.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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There is in the universe something for the description and analysis of which the natural sciences cannot contribute anything. There are events beyond the range of those events that the procedures of the natural sciences are fit to observe and describe. There is human action.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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The methods of the natural sciences cannot be applied to human behavior because this behavior...lacks the peculiarity that characterizes events in the field of the natural sciences, viz., regularity.

Society Quotes, by Ludwig von Mises

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Scientific research sooner or later, but inevitably, encounters something ultimately given that it cannot trace back to something else of which it would appear as the regular or necessary derivative. Scientific progress consists in pushing further back this ultimately given.

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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