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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 MisesWith regard to economic goods there can never be absolute overproduction.Planning for Freedom p. 65Says Law
Ludwig von MisesWith regard to economic goods there can be only relative overproduction. . . . The attempts to explain the general depression of trade by referring to an allegedly general overproduction are therefore fallacious.Planning for Freedom p. 65Says Law
Ludwig von MisesSay emerged victoriously from his polemics with Malthus and Sismondi. He proved his case, while adversaries could not prove theirs. Henceforth, during the whole rest of the nineteenth century, the acknowledgement of the truth contained in Says Law was the distinctive mark of an economist.Planning for Freedom p. 67Says Law
Ludwig von MisesKeynes did not refute Says Law. He rejected it emotionally, but he did not advance a single tenable argument to invalidate its rationale.Planning for Freedom p. 70Says Law