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Ludwig von Mises: "In Nature too, much may exist that we do not like. But we cannot change the essential character of natural events. If, for example, someone thinks — and there are some who have maintained as much — that the way in which man ingests his food, digests it, and incorporates it into his body is disgusting, one cannot argue the point with him. One must say to him: There is only this way or starvation." - Liberalism


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Ludwig von MisesWe are still far from understanding the ultimate and most profound secret of life, the principle of the origin of organisms. Who knows whether we shall ever discover it?Socialism p. 259Mystery
Ludwig von MisesThere is within the infinite expanse of what is called the universe or nature a small field in which mans conscious conduct can influence the course of events.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 11Mystery
Ludwig von MisesPerhaps there are somewhere in the infinite universe beings whose minds outrank our minds to the same extent as our minds surpass those of the insects. Perhaps there will once somewhere live beings who will look upon us with the same condescension as we look upon amoebae.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 17Mystery
Ludwig von MisesScientific research will never succeed in providing a full answer to what is called the riddles of the universe. It can never show how out of an inconceivable nothing emerged all that is and how one day all that exists may again disappear and the nothing alone will remain.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 53Mystery
Ludwig von MisesMan is only a tiny speck in the infinite vastness of the universe and that the whole history of mankind is but a fleeting episode in the endless flux of eternity.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 125Mystery
Ludwig von MisesMans place in that part of the universe about which we can learn something is certainly modest only.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 125Mystery