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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 MisesLife and reality are neither logical nor illogical; they are simply given.Austrian Economics: An Anthology p. 156Reason
Ludwig von MisesMan has only one tool to fight error: reason.Human Action p. 187; p. 187Reason
Ludwig von MisesThe only statement that can be predicated with regard to reason is that it is the mark that distinguishes man from animals and has brought about everything that is specifically human.Human Action p. 91; p. 91Reason
Ludwig von MisesAbstract thought is independent of the wishes which move the thinker and of the aims for which he strives.Socialism p. 317Reason
Ludwig von MisesThe wish is father to the thought, says a figure of speech. What it means is that the wish is the father of faith.Socialism p. 317nReason
Ludwig von MisesIt is vain to object that life and reality are not logical. Life and reality are neither logical nor illogical; they are simply given. But logic is the only tool available to man for the comprehension of both.Human Action pp. 67-68; p. 67Reason
Ludwig von MisesMan uses reason in order to choose between the incompatible satisfactions of conflicting desires.Human Action p. 173; p. 174Reason
Ludwig von MisesReason is mans particular and characteristic feature. There is no need for praxeology to raise the question whether reason is a suitable tool for the cognition of ultimate and absolute truth. It deals with reason only as far as it enables man to act.Human Action p. 177; p. 177Reason
Ludwig von MisesLogical thinking and real life are not two separate orbits. Logic is for man the only means to master the problems of reality.Human Action p. 185; p. 185Reason
Ludwig von MisesThe proof of a theory is in its reasoning, not in its sponsorship.The Theory of Money and Credit p. 99Reason
Ludwig von MisesNot everything that exists today is reasonable; but this does not mean that everything that does not exist is sensible.Interventionism p. 89Reason
Ludwig von MisesWhat mankind needs today is liberation from the rule of nonsensical slogans and a return to sound reasoning.Interventionism p. 90Reason
Ludwig von MisesReason is the main resource of man in his struggle for survival.Omnipotent Government p. 121Reason
Ludwig von MisesThe Enlightenment did not put its hopes upon the more or less accidental emergence of well-intentioned rulers and provident sages. Its optimism concerning mankinds future was founded upon the double faith in the goodness of man and in his rational mind.The Historical Setting of the Austrian School p. 34Reason
Ludwig von MisesReason is mans foremost equipment in the biological struggle for the preservation and expansion of his existence and survival. It would not have any function and would not have developed at all in the fools paradise.Money, Method, and the Market Process p. 35Reason