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 Mises||Life consists in adjusting oneself to actual conditions and in taking account of things as they really are, not as one would wish them to be.||Omnipotent Government|| p. 13||Reality
|Ludwig von Mises||One of the fundamental facts of all social life, which all reformers must take into account, is that men have their own thoughts and their own wills.||Socialism|| p. 183||Reality
|Ludwig von Mises||The cognizance of reality is a sad experience. It teaches the limits on the satisfaction of ones wishes. Only reluctantly does man resign himself to the insight that there are things, viz., the whole complex of all causal relations between events, which wishful thinking cannot alter.||Human Action|| p. 858; p. 862||Reality
|Ludwig von Mises||We must see conditions as they really are, not as we want them to be.||Omnipotent Government|| p. 259||Reality
|Ludwig von Mises||Most men endure the sacrifice of the intellect more easily than the sacrifice of their daydreams. They cannot bear that their utopias should run aground on the unalterable necessities of human existence.||Epistemological Problems of Economics|| p. 200||Reality