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Quotable Mises, The

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Quotations from Mises that present the main lessons from his work. 300-plus pages of some of the most thrilling words on politics and economics ever written.
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Ludwig von Mises was the greatest economist of the twentieth century, but often readers are reluctant to tackle his major works. They fear that they will be unable to follow that abstract and relentless theoretical progression of, e.g., Human Action and The Theory of Money and Credit. For readers like this, and for anyone else who admires Mises, The Quotable Mises is ideal.

It transpires that Mises had a rare gift. His economic analysis was often abstract, true enough; but he was able to express his ideas in clear and striking ways, often with epigrammatic force. The gift is all the more remarkable because English was not Mises’s native language.

The distinguished Austrian economist Mark Thornton has collected a large number of Mises’s comments, arranging them according to topics that range through the alphabet from “Action” to “Youth.”

As readers will discover, Mises again and again penetrates to the heart of an issue with a few words. He says, e.g., “What is lacking in the underdeveloped nations is not knowledge, but capital.” More generally, “There are no means by which the general standard of living can be raised other than by accelerating the increase of capital as compared with population.”

Mises’s insights often extend beyond the strictly economic. He says, “Plato was anxious to find a tyrant who would use his power for the realization of the Platonic ideal state. The question whether other people would like what he himself had in store for them never occurred to Plato. ” Mises remarks of Lenin that he was “as great a stranger to the work of the bourgeoisie as a Hottentot to the work of an explorer taking geographical measurements.”

Readers of The Quotable Mises will gain a grasp of the essential elements of Mises’s outlook on the world.

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by Justin
on 2/12/2013
Without Doubt the Greatest Collection of Quotes Ever.
Ludwig von Mises' insight of important topics is essential for any true Libertarian or thinking individual. This book contains, by far, the most fascinating thoughts on a substantial number of topics. Mark Thornton has done a wonderful service for all who subscribe to Austrian Economics and the work of Ludwig von Mises.
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ISBN 9780945466451
eISBN 9781610163521
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication Date 2005
Binding HC
Page Length 307
Subject Ludwig von Mises
Dimensions 6" x 9"

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