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Ludwig von Mises: "In relation to the immense sacrifices that the state demands of the individual through the blood tax, it seems rather incidental whether it compensates the soldier more or less abundantly for the loss of time that he suffers from his military-service obligation." - Nation, State, and Economy


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Ludwig von MisesWe are still far from understanding the ultimate and most profound secret of life, the principle of the origin of organisms. Who knows whether we shall ever discover it?Socialism p. 259Mystery
Ludwig von MisesThere is within the infinite expanse of what is called the universe or nature a small field in which mans conscious conduct can influence the course of events.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 11Mystery
Ludwig von MisesPerhaps there are somewhere in the infinite universe beings whose minds outrank our minds to the same extent as our minds surpass those of the insects. Perhaps there will once somewhere live beings who will look upon us with the same condescension as we look upon amoebae.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 17Mystery
Ludwig von MisesScientific research will never succeed in providing a full answer to what is called the riddles of the universe. It can never show how out of an inconceivable nothing emerged all that is and how one day all that exists may again disappear and the nothing alone will remain.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 53Mystery
Ludwig von MisesMan is only a tiny speck in the infinite vastness of the universe and that the whole history of mankind is but a fleeting episode in the endless flux of eternity.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 125Mystery
Ludwig von MisesMans place in that part of the universe about which we can learn something is certainly modest only.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 125Mystery