Literature is not conformism, but dissent. Those authors who merely repeat what everybody approves and wants to hear are of no importance. What counts alone is the innovator, the dissenter, the harbinger of things unheard of, the man who rejects the traditional standards and aims at substituting new values and ideas for old ones. He is by necessity anti-authoritarian and anti-governmental, irreconcilably opposed to the immense majority of his contemporaries. He is precisely the author whose books the greater part of the public does not buy.

–The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality p. 51 Literature , Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig von Mises In the long run even the most despotic governments with all their brutality and cruelty are no match for ideas. Eventually the ideology that has won the support of the majority will prevail and cut the ground from under the tyrants feet. Then the oppressed many will rise in rebellion and overthrow their masters. –Ludwig von Mises, Theory and History p. 372 Ideas

Ludwig von Mises: Thoughts and ideas are not phantoms. They are real things. Although intangible and immaterial, they are factors in bringing about changes in the realm of tangible and material things. Theory and History p. 96 Ideas

Ludwig von Mises: Everything that is thought, done and accomplished is a performance of individuals. New ideas and innovations are always an achievement of uncommon men. Human Action pp. 859-60; p. 863 Genius

Ludwig von Mises: Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. . . . The mark of the creative mind is that it defies a part of what it has learned or, at least, adds something new to it. Bureaucracy p. 71 Education

Ludwig von Mises: Action is purposive conduct. It is not simply behavior, but behavior begot by judgments of value, aiming at a definite end and guided by ideas concerning the suitability or unsuitability of definite means. . . . It is conscious behavior. It is choosing. It is volition; it is a display of the will. The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 34 Action

Ludwig von Mises: Not mythical material productive forces, but reason and ideas determine the course of human affairs. What is needed to stop the trend toward socialism and despotism is common-sense and moral courage. Planned Chaos p. 90 Socialism

Ludwig von Mises: Most men are accessible to new ideas only in their youth. With the progress of age the ability to welcome them diminishes, and the knowledge acquired earlier turns into dogma. Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 184 Youth

 

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