Ludwig Von Mises Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ludwig von mises quotes, ludwig von mises sayings, and ludwig von mises proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public.     

Ludwig Von Mises

The living is not perfect because it is liable to change; the dead is not perfect because it does not live.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.     

Ludwig Von Mises

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.     

Ludwig Von Mises

The root of the evil is not the construction of new, more dreadful weapons. It is the spirit of conquest.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Spontaneous actions of individuals, aiming at nothing else than at the improvement of their own state of satisfaction, undermined the prestige of the coercive status system step by step.     

Ludwig Von Mises

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

Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Tyranny is the political corollary of socialism, as representative government is the political corollary of the market economy.     

Ludwig Von Mises

The inequality of income and fortunes is essential in capitalism.     

Ludwig Von Mises

If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace.     

Ludwig Von Mises

The planner is a potential dictator who wants to deprive all other people of the power to plan and act according to their own plans. He aims at one thing only: the exclusive absolute preeminence of his own plan.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Every step which leads from capitalism toward planning is necessarily a step nearer to absolutism and dictatorship.     

Ludwig Von Mises

In capitalist enterprise there is no secure income and no security of wealth.     

Ludwig Von Mises

It is a rule of law alone which hinders the rulers from turning themselves into the worst gangsters.     

Ludwig Von Mises

The Santa Claus principle liquidates itself.     

Ludwig Von Mises

A new type of superstition has got hold of people's minds, the worship of the state.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Economics is not about things and tangible material objects; it is about men, their meanings and actions.     

Ludwig Von Mises

State interference in economic life, which calls itself economic policy, has done nothing but destroy economic life. Prohibitions and regulations have by their general obstructive tendency fostered the growth of the spirit of wastefulness.     

Ludwig Von Mises

All varieties of interference with the market phenomena not only fail to achieve the ends aimed at by their authors and supporters, but bring about a state of affairs which - from the point of view of their authors and advocates valuations - is less desirable than the previous state of affairs which they were designed to alter.     

Ludwig Von Mises

It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.     

Ludwig Von Mises

It is indeed one of the principal drawbacks of every kind of interventionism that it is so difficult to reverse the process.      

Ludwig Von Mises

The mark of the creative mind is that it defies a part of what it has learned.     

Ludwig Von Mises

There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men.     

Ludwig Von Mises

If any of the socialist chiefs had tried to earn his living by selling hot dogs, he would have learned something about the sovereignty of the consumers.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Sovereignty must not be used for inflicting harm on anyone, whether citizen or foreigner.     

Ludwig Von Mises