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Resentment is at work when one so hates somebody for his more favorable circumstances that one is prepared to bear heavy losses if only the hated one might also come to harm. Many of those who attack capitalism know very well that their situation under any other economic system will be less favorable.

LUDWIG VON MISES, The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality

The law-abiding citizen by his labor serves both himself and his fellow man and thereby integrates himself peacefully into the social order. The robber, on the other hand, is intent, not on honest toil, but on the forcible appropriation of the fruits of others' labor.

LUDWIG VON MISES, Liberalism

It is labor alone that is productive: it creates wealth and therewith lays the outward foundations for the inward flowering of man.

LUDWIG VON MISES, Liberalism

Against what is stupid, nonsensical, erroneous, and evil, liberalism fights with the weapons of the mind, and not with brute force and repression.

LUDWIG VON MISES, Liberalism

True socialists should not place any obstacles in the way of capitalist evolution. For only the full maturity of capitalism could bring about socialism.

LUDWIG VON MISES, Planned Chaos

A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings.

LUDWIG VON MISES, Human Action

Most of us have no sympathy with the rich idler who spends his life in pleasure without ever doing any work. But even he fulfills a function in the life of the social organism. He sets an example of luxury that awakens in the multitude a consciousness of new needs and gives industry the incentive to fulfill them.

LUDWIG VON MISES, Liberalism


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