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Ludwig von Mises
September 29, 1881 - October 10, 1973
Nationality: Italian
Category: Economist
Subcategory: Italian Economist

Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.


Sovereignty must not be used for inflicting harm on anyone, whether citizen or foreigner.


Only one thing can conquer war - that attitude of mind which can see nothing in war but destruction and annihilation.


Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking.


The root of the evil is not the construction of new, more dreadful weapons. It is the spirit of conquest.


A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.


To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.


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


Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public.


War... is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror.


The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.


If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.


War can really cause no economic boom, at least not directly, since an increase in wealth never does result from destruction of goods.


Men are fighting... because they are convinced that the extermination of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being.


Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business.


Wars of aggression are popular nowadays with those nations convinced that only victory and conquest could improve their material well-being.


Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.


If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace.


Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.


The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.


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