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||Western civilization is based upon the libertarian principle and all its achievements are the result of the actions of free men.||Economic Freedom and Interventionism|| p. 150||Western Civilization
|Ludwig von Mises||The distinctive principle of Western social philosophy is individualism.||Liberty and Property|| p. 25||Western Civilization
|Ludwig von Mises||The social system of private property and limited government is the only system that tends to debarbarize all those who have the innate capacity to acquire personal culture.||Liberty and Property|| p. 26||Western Civilization
|Ludwig von Mises||The eminence of the Western nations consisted in the fact that they succeeded better in checking the spirit of predatory militarism than the rest of mankind and that they thus brought forth the social institutions required for saving and investment on a broader scale.||Human Action|| p. 497; p. 500||Western Civilization
|Ludwig von Mises||The nations of Western Europe brought forth the political and institutional conditions for safeguarding saving and investment on a broader scale, and thus provided the entrepreneurs with the capital needed.||Omnipotent Government|| p. 101||Western Civilization
|Ludwig von Mises||All the marvelous achievements of Western civilization are fruits grown on the tree of liberty.||The Theory of Money and Credit|| p. 454||Western Civilization