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Ludwig von Mises: "Man is not, like the animals, an obsequious puppet of instincts and sensual impulses. Man has the power to suppress instinctive desires, he has a will of his own, he chooses between incompatible ends." - The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science


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Ludwig von MisesMen cannot be made happy against their will.Liberalism p. 46Happiness
Ludwig von MisesNobody is in a position to decree what should make a fellow man happier.Human Action p. 14; p. 14Happiness
Ludwig von MisesEach individual is the only and final arbiter in matters concerning his own satisfaction and happiness.Theory and History p. 13Happiness
Ludwig von MisesNobody is called upon to determine what could make another man happier or less unhappy.Planning for Freedom p. 118Happiness
Ludwig von MisesYou do not increase the happiness of a man eager to attend a performance of Abies Irish Rose by forcing him to attend a perfect performance of Hamlet instead. You may deride his poor taste. But he alone is supreme in matters of his own satisfaction.Bureaucracy pp. 9091Happiness
Ludwig von MisesThere is no means of comparing and measuring the happiness of different people and of the same people at different times.Human Action p. 617; p. 621Happiness
Ludwig von MisesIf a man drinks wine and not water I cannot say he is acting irrationally. At most I can say that in his place I would not do so. But his pursuit of happiness is his own business, not mine.Socialism p. 405Happiness
Ludwig von MisesMan is not evil merely because he wants to enjoy pleasure and avoid painin other words, to live. Renunciation, abnegation, and self-sacrifice are not good in themselves.Socialism p. 409Happiness