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Ludwig von Mises: "We owe the origin and development of human society and, consequently, of culture and civilization, to the fact that work performed under the division of labor is more productive than when performed in isolation." - Epistemological Problems of Economics


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Ludwig von MisesUnder the division of labor, the structure of society rests on the shoulders of all men and women.Bureaucracy pp. 77-78Division of Labor
Ludwig von MisesEvery expansion of the personal division of labor brings advantages to all who take part in it.Socialism p. 261Division of Labor
Ludwig von MisesThe greater productivity of work under the division of labor is a unifying influence. It leads men to regard each other as comrades in a joint struggle for welfare, rather than as competitors in a struggle for existence. It makes friends out of enemies, peace out of war, society out of individuals.Socialism p. 261Division of Labor
Ludwig von MisesOriginally confined to the narrowest circles of people, to immediate neighbors, the division of labor gradually becomes more general until eventually it includes all mankind.Socialism p. 279Division of Labor
Ludwig von MisesNow the greatest accomplishment of reason is the discovery of the advantages of social cooperation, and its corollary, the division of labor.Omnipotent Government p. 121Division of Labor
Ludwig von MisesEconomic history is the development of the division of labor.Nation, State, and Economy p. 134Division of Labor
Ludwig von MisesIt is by virtue of the division of labor that man is distinguished from the animals. It is the division of labor that has made feeble man, far inferior to most animals in physical strength, the lord of the earth and the creator of the marvels of technology.Liberalism p. 18Division of Labor
Ludwig von MisesWages are not paid for labor expended, but for the achievements of labor, which differ widely in quality and quantity.Human Action p. 134; p. 134Labor
Ludwig von MisesFree labor is incomparably more productive than slave labor.Liberalism p. 21Labor