Ludwig von Mises: "Only stilted pedants can conceive the idea that there are absolute norms to tell what is beautiful and what is not. They try to derive from the works of the past a code of rules with which, as they fancy, the writers and artists of the future should comply. But the genius does not cooperate with the pundit." - Theory and History
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|Ludwig von Mises||It is a sickly weakness of nerves that urges one to seek harmonious personality growth in past ages and remote places.||A Critique of Interventionism|| p. 130||Retreatism
|Ludwig von Mises||There are, after all, not many people who are prepared to renounce light-heartedly the fruits of culture, however much they may despise them in thought and abuse them in words, few who are willing to return without more ado to the way of life of the deer and the stag.||Socialism|| p. 365||Retreatism
|Ludwig von Mises||If the diligence of modern industry were replaced by the contemplative life of the past, unnumbered millions would be doomed to death by starvation.||Socialism|| p. 396||Retreatism