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Ludwig von MisesThe main and only concern of the Austrian economists was to contribute to the advancement of economics. They never tried to win the support of anybody by other means than by the convincing power developed in their books and articles. Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 72Austrian economists
Ludwig von MisesThose whom the world called the Austrian economists were, in the Austrian universities, somewhat reluctantly tolerated outsiders.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 56Austrian economists
Ludwig von MisesThe economist must never be a specialist. In dealing with any problem he must always fix his glance upon the whole system.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 157Economics
Ludwig von MisesDespots and democratic majorities are drunk with power. They must reluctantly admit that they are subject to the laws of nature. But they reject the very notion of economic law . . . economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 155Economics
Ludwig von MisesThe unpopularity of economics is the result of its analysis of the effects of privileges. It is impossible to invalidate the economists demonstration that all privileges hurt the interests of the rest of the nation or at least a great part of it.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 58Economics
Ludwig von MisesAll those not familiar with economics (i.e., the immense majority) do not see any reason why they should not coerce other people by means of force to do what these people are not prepared to do of their own accord.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 75Economics
Ludwig von MisesIn all nations and in all periods of history, intellectual exploits were the work of a few men and were appreciated only by a small elite. The many looked upon these feats with hatred and disdain, at best with indifference.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 58Genius
Ludwig von MisesOn the market it is not mankind, the state, or the corporative unit that acts, but individual men and groups of men, and that their valuations and their actions are decisive, not those of abstract collectives.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 125Individualism
Ludwig von MisesLife and reality are neither logical nor illogical; they are simply given.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 156Reason