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Ludwig von Mises: "Liberalism, which demands full freedom of the economy, seeks to dissolve the difficulties that the diversity of political arrangements pits against the development of trade by separating the economy from the state. It strives for the greatest possible unification of law, in the last analysis for world unity of law. But it does not believe that to reach this goal, great empires or even a world empire must be created." - Nation, State, and Economy


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Ludwig von MisesLife consists in adjusting oneself to actual conditions and in taking account of things as they really are, not as one would wish them to be.Omnipotent Government p. 13Reality
Ludwig von MisesOne of the fundamental facts of all social life, which all reformers must take into account, is that men have their own thoughts and their own wills.Socialism p. 183Reality
Ludwig von MisesThe cognizance of reality is a sad experience. It teaches the limits on the satisfaction of ones wishes. Only reluctantly does man resign himself to the insight that there are things, viz., the whole complex of all causal relations between events, which wishful thinking cannot alter.Human Action p. 858; p. 862Reality
Ludwig von MisesWe must see conditions as they really are, not as we want them to be.Omnipotent Government p. 259Reality
Ludwig von MisesMost men endure the sacrifice of the intellect more easily than the sacrifice of their daydreams. They cannot bear that their utopias should run aground on the unalterable necessities of human existence.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 200Reality