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Ludwig von Mises: "There is no such thing as an absolute notion of justice not referring to a definite system of social organization. . . . There is neither right nor wrong outside the social nexus." - Human Action


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Ludwig von MisesHow one carries on in the face of unavoidable catastrophe is a matter of temperament. In high school, as was custom, I had chosen a verse by Virgil to be my motto: Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito. Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it. I recalled these words during the darkest hours of the war. Again and again I had met with situations from which rational deliberation found no means of escape; but then the unexpected intervened, and with it came salvation. I would not lose courage even now. I wanted to do everything an economist could do. I would not tire in saying what I knew to be true.Notes and Recollections p. 70Autobiographical
Ludwig von MisesOtto Bauer was too bright not to realize that I was right, but he never forgave me for having turned him into a Millerand. The attacks of his fellow Bolshevists hit close to home, but he directed his animosity toward me instead of toward his opponents. A powerful loather, he opted for ignoble means to destroy me.Notes and Recollections pp. 1819Autobiographical
Ludwig von MisesMy theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline.Notes and Recollections p. 115Autobiographical