Mises Quotes, from the pages of Human Action

My friend Patrick Peterson has compiled many Mises quotes.  I love these regarding the importance of economics in our everyday lives…

“Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle.”

 Whether we like it or not, it is a fact that economics cannot remain an esoteric branch of knowledge accessible only to small groups of scholars and specialists. Economics deals with society’s fundamental problems; it concerns everyone and belongs to all. It is the main and proper study of every citizen.”

“Very few are capable of contributing any consequential idea to the body of economic thought.  But all reasonable men are called upon to familiarize themselves with the teachings of economics.  This is, in our age, the primary civic duty.”

“As conditions are today, nothing can be more important to every intelligent man than economics.  His own fate and that of his progeny is at stake.”

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