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Ludwig von MisesIf Dante, Shakespeare, or Beethoven had died in childhood, mankind would miss what it owes to them. In this sense we may say that chance plays a role in human affairs.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 61Fate
Ludwig von MisesThere always remains an orbit that to the limited knowledge of man appears as an orbit of pure chance and marks life as a gamble. Man and his works are always exposed to the impact of unforeseen and uncontrollable events.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science pp. 65-66Fate
Ludwig von MisesEven knowledge of the laws of nature does not make action free. It is never able to attain more than definite, limited ends. It can never go beyond the insurmountable barriers set for it. And even within the sphere allowed to it, it must always reckon with the inroads of uncontrollable forces, with fate.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 198Fate