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A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.

Ludwig von Mises

Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business.

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

If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.

Ludwig von Mises

If men do not now succeed in abolishing war, civilization and mankind are doomed.

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

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

Ludwig von Mises

Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.

Ludwig von Mises

Men are fighting… because they are convinced that the extermination of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being.

Ludwig von Mises

Modern society, based as it is on the division of labor, can be preserved only under conditions of lasting peace.

Ludwig von Mises

Only one thing can conquer war – that attitude of mind which can see nothing in war but destruction and annihilation.

Ludwig von Mises

Peace and not war is the father of all things.

Ludwig von Mises

Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking.

Ludwig von Mises

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

Ludwig von Mises

The attainment of the economic aims of man presupposes peace.

Ludwig von Mises

The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.

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

The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.

Ludwig von Mises

The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.

Ludwig von Mises

To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.

Ludwig von Mises

War can really cause no economic boom, at least not directly, since an increase in wealth never does result from destruction of goods.

Ludwig von Mises

War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings.

Ludwig von Mises

War… is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror.

Ludwig von Mises

Wars of aggression are popular nowadays with those nations convinced that only victory and conquest could improve their material well-being.

Ludwig von Mises

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

Ludwig von Mises

Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.

Ludwig von Mises

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