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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 MisesIt is not to be denied that the loftiest theme that human thought can set for itself is reflection on ultimate questions. Whether such reflection can accomplish anything is doubtful.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 49Metaphysics
Ludwig von MisesOne may hold poets, prophets, or promulgators of new values in higher esteem than scientists. But in no case is one free to confound these two fundamentally different functions.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 49Metaphysics
Ludwig von MisesMetaphysics and science perform different functions. They cannot, therefore, adopt the same procedures, nor are they alike in their goals.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 49Metaphysics