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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 MisesTruth has its own way. It works and produces effects even if party programs and textbooks refuse to acknowledge it as truth.Planning for Freedom p. 11Truth
Ludwig von MisesTruth is not the halfway point between two untruths.On the Manipulation of Money and Credit p. 88Truth
Ludwig von MisesYet the criterion of truth is that it works even if nobody is prepared to acknowledge it.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 94Truth
Ludwig von MisesAt least one of the characteristic marks of a true theory is that action based on it succeeds in attaining the expected result. In this sense, truth works while untruth does not work.Theory and History p. 123Truth
Ludwig von MisesTruth refers to what is or was, not to a state of affairs that is not or was not but would suit the wishes of the truth-seeker better.Theory and History p. 298Truth
Ludwig von MisesGovernments, political parties, pressure groups, and the bureaucrats of the educational hierarchy think they can avoid the inevitable consequences of unsuitable measures by boycotting and silencing the independent economists. But truth persists and works, even if nobody is left to utter it.The Historical Setting of the Austrian School p. 45Truth