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Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.”

The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.

— Ludwig von Mises



Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.”

Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Freedom really means the freedom to make mistakes.”

Freedom really means the freedom to make mistakes.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Human action is purposeful behavior.”

Human action is purposeful behavior.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The mark of the creative mind is that it defies a part of what it has learned.”

The mark of the creative mind is that it defies a part of what it has learned.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Liberty is always freedom from the government.”

Liberty is always freedom from the government.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The market is a democracy in which every penny gives a right to vote.”

The market is a democracy in which every penny gives a right to vote.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Capitalism needs neither propaganda nor apostles. Its achievements speak for themselves. Capitalism delivers the goods.”

Capitalism needs neither propaganda nor apostles. Its achievements speak for themselves. Capitalism delivers the goods.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “In the market economy the worker sells his services as other people sell their commodities. The employer is not the employee’s lord. He is simply the buyer of services which he must purchase at their market price.”

In the market economy the worker sells his services as other people sell their commodities. The employer is not the employee’s lord. He is simply the buyer of services which he must purchase at their market price.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Economics must not be relegated to classrooms and statistical offices and must not be left to esoteric circles. It is the philosophy of human life and action and concerns everybody and everything. It is the pith of civilization and of man’s human existence.”

Economics must not be relegated to classrooms and statistical offices and must not be left to esoteric circles. It is the philosophy of human life and action and concerns everybody and everything. It is the pith of civilization and of man’s human existence.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Economic knowledge necessarily leads to liberalism.”

Economic knowledge necessarily leads to liberalism.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.”

Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Under capitalism everybody is the architect of his own fortune.”

Under capitalism everybody is the architect of his own fortune.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The foundation of any and every civilization, including our own, is private ownership of the means of production. Whoever wishes to criticize modern civilization, therefore, begins with private property.”

The foundation of any and every civilization, including our own, is private ownership of the means of production. Whoever wishes to criticize modern civilization, therefore, begins with private property.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.”

Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “What generates war is the economic philosophy of nationalism: embargoes, trade and foreign exchange controls, monetary devaluation, etc. The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.”

What generates war is the economic philosophy of nationalism: embargoes, trade and foreign exchange controls, monetary devaluation, etc. The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Every socialist is a disguised dictator.”

Every socialist is a disguised dictator.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “German Marxian’s coined the dictum: If socialism is against human nature, then human nature must be changed.”

German Marxian’s coined the dictum: If socialism is against human nature, then human nature must be changed.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings.”

Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The program of classical liberalism, condensed into a single word, would have to read: property.”

The program of classical liberalism, condensed into a single word, would have to read: property.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.”

There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “In public administration there is no connection between revenue and expenditure.”

In public administration there is no connection between revenue and expenditure.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Government means always coercion and compulsion and is by necessity the opposite of liberty.”

Government means always coercion and compulsion and is by necessity the opposite of liberty.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The fact is that, under a capitalistic system, the ultimate bosses are the consumers. The sovereign is not the state, it is the people.”

The fact is that, under a capitalistic system, the ultimate bosses are the consumers. The sovereign is not the state, it is the people.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The philosophy commonly called individualism is a philosophy of social cooperation and the progressive intensification of the social nexus.”

The philosophy commonly called individualism is a philosophy of social cooperation and the progressive intensification of the social nexus.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “An entrepreneur cannot be trained. A man becomes and entrepreneur by seizing an opportunity and filling the gap. No special education is required for such a display of keen judgment, foresight, and energy.”

An entrepreneur cannot be trained. A man becomes and entrepreneur by seizing an opportunity and filling the gap. No special education is required for such a display of keen judgment, foresight, and energy.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The worship of the state is the worship of force. There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by governments.”

The worship of the state is the worship of force. There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by governments.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The Welfare State is merely a method for transforming the market economy step by step into socialism.”

The Welfare State is merely a method for transforming the market economy step by step into socialism.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Freedom is indivisible. As soon as one starts to restrict it, one enters upon a decline on which it is difficult to stop.”

Freedom is indivisible. As soon as one starts to restrict it, one enters upon a decline on which it is difficult to stop.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Western civilization is based upon the libertarian principle, and all its achievements are the results of the action of free men.”

Western civilization is based upon the libertarian principle, and all its achievements are the results of the action of free men.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Some experts have declared that it is necessary to tax the people until it hurts. I disagree with these sadists.”

Some experts have declared that it is necessary to tax the people until it hurts. I disagree with these sadists.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.”

The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Taxes are necessary. But the system of discriminatory taxation universally accepted under the misleading name of progressive taxation of income and inheritance is not a mode of taxation. It is rather a mode of disguised expropriation of the successful capitalists and entrepreneurs.”

Taxes are necessary. But the system of discriminatory taxation universally accepted under the misleading name of progressive taxation of income and inheritance is not a mode of taxation. It is rather a mode of disguised expropriation of the successful capitalists and entrepreneurs.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “It is vain to fight totalitarianism by adopting totalitarian methods. Freedom can only be won by men unconditionally committed to the principles of freedom. The first requisite for a better social order is the return to unrestricted freedom of thought and speech.”

It is vain to fight totalitarianism by adopting totalitarian methods. Freedom can only be won by men unconditionally committed to the principles of freedom. The first requisite for a better social order is the return to unrestricted freedom of thought and speech.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “He who only wishes and hopes does not interfere actively with the course of events and with the shaping of his own destiny.”

He who only wishes and hopes does not interfere actively with the course of events and with the shaping of his own destiny.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The fundamental law of the market is: the customer is always right.”

The fundamental law of the market is: the customer is always right.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.”

He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The real bosses, in the capitalist system of market economy, are the consumers.”

The real bosses, in the capitalist system of market economy, are the consumers.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Civilization is a work of peaceful co-operation.”

Civilization is a work of peaceful co-operation.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out.”

All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war. The wars of our age are not at variance with popular economic doctrines; they are, on the contrary, the inescapable result of a consistent application of these doctrines.”

The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war. The wars of our age are not at variance with popular economic doctrines; they are, on the contrary, the inescapable result of a consistent application of these doctrines.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “The word “Capitalism” expresses, for our age, the sum of all evil. Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.”

The word “Capitalism” expresses, for our age, the sum of all evil. Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “There prevails on a free labor market a tendency toward full employment.”

There prevails on a free labor market a tendency toward full employment.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Only to bureaucrats can the idea occur that establishing new offices, promulgating new decrees, and increasing the number of government employees alone can be described as positive and beneficial measures.”

Only to bureaucrats can the idea occur that establishing new offices, promulgating new decrees, and increasing the number of government employees alone can be described as positive and beneficial measures.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history.”

It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Socialist society is a society of officials.”

Socialist society is a society of officials.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.”

Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Rulers do not like to admit that their power is restricted by any laws other than those of physics and biology. They never ascribe their failures and frustrations to the violation of economic law.”

Rulers do not like to admit that their power is restricted by any laws other than those of physics and biology. They never ascribe their failures and frustrations to the violation of economic law.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “Liberty is meaningless if it is only the liberty to agree with those in power.”

Liberty is meaningless if it is only the liberty to agree with those in power.

— Ludwig von Mises


Ludwig von Mises Quote: “There is no such thing as a just and fair method of exercising the tremendous power that interventionism puts into the hands of the legislature and the executive.”

There is no such thing as a just and fair method of exercising the tremendous power that interventionism puts into the hands of the legislature and the executive.

— Ludwig von Mises

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