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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 MisesThe most important medium for social co-operation is language. Language bridges the chasm between individuals and only with its help can one man communicate to another something at least of what he is feeling . . . without it, there could be no thought but only instinct, no will but only impulse.Socialism p. 286Language
Ludwig von MisesNothing links men more closely together than a community of language, and nothing segregates them more effectively than a difference of language.Omnipotent Government p. 123Language
Ludwig von MisesWith the progress of the semantic confusion which has converted the meaning of political terms into their very opposite, the epithet democratic is now lavishly spent.Human Action p. 838; p. 842Language
Ludwig von MisesCommunity of language binds and difference of language separates persons and peoples.Nation, State, and Economy p. 13Language
Ludwig von MisesThought is bound up with speech. The thinkers conceptual edifice is built on the elements of language.Socialism p. 286Language
Ludwig von MisesWhoever wants to speak with his fellow men and to understand what they say must use their language. Everyone must therefore strive to understand and speak the language of his environment. For that reason individuals and minorities adopt the language of the majority.Nation, State, and Economy pp. 2728Language