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A nation that believes in itself and its future, a nation that means to stress the sure feeling that its members are bound to one another not merely by accident of birth but also by the common possession of a culture that is valuable above all to each of them, would necessarily be able to remain unperturbed when it saw individual persons shift to other nations. Nation, State, and Economy p. 76 Migration
After all, culture is wealth. Without well-being, without wealth, there never has been culture. Nation, State, and Economy p. 74 Culture
All attempts to create a substantive international law through whose application disputes among nations could be decided have miscarried. Nation, State, and Economy p. 90 International Law
All pacifism not based on a liberal economic order built on private ownership of the means of production always remains utopian. Nation, State, and Economy p. 94 Pacifism
Community of language binds and difference of language separates persons and peoples. Nation, State, and Economy p. 13 Language
Economic history is the development of the division of labor. Nation, State, and Economy p. 134 Division of Labor
Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business. Nation, State, and Economy p. 152 War and Peace
Every conservative policy, however, is fated from the start to fail; after all, its essence is to stop something unstoppable, to resist a development that cannot be impeded. Nation, State, and Economy p. 119 Conservatism
Every reactionary lacks intellectual independence. Nation, State, and Economy p. 119 Conservatism
For fully developed imperialism, the individual no longer has value. He is valuable to it only as a member of the whole, as a soldier of an army. Nation, State, and Economy p. 78 Imperialism
From the purely economic point of view nothing speaks against free trade and everything against protectionism. Nation, State, and Economy p. 64 Protectionism
Full freedom of movement of persons and goods, the most comprehensive protection of the property and freedom of each individual, removal of all state compulsion in the school system, in short, the most exact and complete application of the ideas of 1789, are the prerequisites of peaceful conditions. Nation, State, and Economy p. 96 War and Peace
He who, from the utilitarian standpoint, rejects the rule of some over others and demands the full right of self-determination for individuals and peoples has thereby rejected war also. Nation, State, and Economy pp. 85-86 Pacifism
History should teach us to recognize causes and to understand driving forces; and when we understand everything, we will forgive everything. Nation, State, and Economy p. 2 History
Hunger and anarchy — that is the result of the protectionist policy. Nation, State, and Economy p. 75 Protectionism
In regard to economic policy, socialism and communism are identical. Nation, State, and Economy p. 178n Communism
In relation to the immense sacrifices that the state demands of the individual through the blood tax, it seems rather incidental whether it compensates the soldier more or less abundantly for the loss of time that he suffers from his military-service obligation. Nation, State, and Economy p. 165 Conscription
In Russia socialism certainly is not a movement of the immense majority. That it claims to be a movement in the interest of the immense majority is nothing special; all movements have claimed that. It is certain that the rule of the Bolsheviks in Russia rests just as much on possession of the government apparatus as the rule of the Romanovs once did. Nation, State, and Economy p. 204 Russia
It is a matter of indifference whether one produces foodstuffs and raw materials at home oneself or, if it seems more economic, obtains them from abroad in exchange for other products that one has produced. Nation, State, and Economy p. 84 International Trade
It is characteristic of very great persons to move forward to highest accomplishment out of an inner drive; others require an external impulse to overcome deep-rooted inertia and to develop their own selves. Nation, State, and Economy p. 213 Genius
It is not the task of history to gratify the need of the masses for heroes and scapegoats. Nation, State, and Economy p. 1 History
It is not the task of history to project the hatred and disagreements of the present back into the past and to draw from battles fought long ago weapons for the disputes of ones own time. Nation, State, and Economy p. 2 History
It is true that utilitarianism and liberalism postulate the attainment of the greatest possible productivity of labor as the first and most important goal of policy. But they in no way do this out of misunderstanding of the fact that human existence does not exhaust itself in material pleasures. . . . Not out of irreligiosity do they demand religious freedom but out of deepest intimacy of religious feeling, which wants to make inner experience free from every raw influence of outward power. Nation, State, and Economy p. 215 Religion
Liberalism knows no conquests, no annexations; just as it is indifferent towards the state itself, so the problem of the size of the state is unimportant to it. It forces no one against his will into the structure of the state. Whoever wants to emigrate is not held back. When a part of the people of the state wants to drop out of the union, liberalism does not hinder it from doing so. Colonies that want to become independent need only do so. The nation as an organic entity can be neither increased nor reduced by changes in states; the world as a whole can neither win nor lose from them. Nation, State, and Economy pp. 39-40 Secession
Liberalism, which demands full freedom of the economy, seeks to dissolve the difficulties that the diversity of political arrangements pits against the development of trade by separating the economy from the state. It strives for the greatest possible unification of law, in the last analysis for world unity of law. But it does not believe that to reach this goal, great empires or even a world empire must be created. Nation, State, and Economy pp. 37-38 Law
Marxian socialism, as a fundamentally revolutionary movement, is inwardly inclined toward imperialism. No one will dispute that, least of all the Marxists themselves, who straightforwardly proclaim the cult of revolution. Nation, State, and Economy p. 206 Imperialism
Modern tyrants have things much easier than their predecessors…. No Phillip II could paralyze freedom of thought more severely than a modern censor. How much more efficient than the guillotine of Robespierre are the machine guns of Trotsky! Nation, State, and Economy p. 216 Media
Nation and race do not coincide; there is no nation of pure blood. All peoples have arisen from a mixture of races. Nation, State, and Economy p. 10 Races
Neither as judges allotting praise and blame nor as avengers seeking out the guilty should we face the past. We seek truth, not guilt; we want to know how things came about to understand them, not to issue condemnations. Nation, State, and Economy p. 1 History
Neither fame nor honor nor wealth nor happiness was to be found on this path. Nation, State, and Economy p. 75 Imperialism
No people and no part of a people shall be held against its will in a political association that it does not want. Nation, State, and Economy p. 34 Secession
Not through war and victory but only through work can a nation create the preconditions for the well-being of its members. Nation, State, and Economy p. 87 Material Well-Being
Not through war and victory but only through work can a nation create the preconditions for the well-being of its members. Conquering nations finally perish. Nation, State, and Economy p. 87 War and Peace
Not with weapons but only with the spirit can a minority overcome the majority. Nation, State, and Economy p. 106 Spirit
Nothing is more stupid than efforts to justify today's imperialism, with all of its brutalities, by reference to atrocities of generations long since gone. Nation, State, and Economy p. 76 Imperialism
Nothing is more useless than complaining over errors that can no longer be rectified, nothing more vain than regret. Nation, State, and Economy p. 1 Recovery
One can say without exaggeration that inflation is an indispensable intellectual means of militarism. Without it, the repercussions of war on welfare would become obvious much more quickly and penetratingly; war-weariness would set in much earlier. Nation, State, and Economy p. 163 Inflation
People can today seek salvation only in democracy, in the right of self-determination both of individuals and of nations. Nation, State, and Economy p. 131 Democracy
Perhaps they think that they will exercise power for the general good, but that is what all those with power have believed. Power is evil in itself, regardless of who exercises it. Nation, State, and Economy p. 219 Power
Political realism, that hodgepodge of cynicism, lack of conscience, and unvarnished selfishness. Nation, State, and Economy p. 69 Politics
Speculation anticipates future price changes; its economic function consists in evening out price differences between different places and different points in time and, through the pressure which prices exert on production and consumption, in adapting stocks and demands to each other. Nation, State, and Economy p. 145 Speculation
The armament industry created militarism and imperialism, however, just as little as, say, the distilleries created alcoholism or publishing houses trashy literature. The supply of weapons did not call forth the demand, but rather the other way around. Nation, State, and Economy p. 155 Military-Industrial Complex
The beginnings of trade make understanding necessary between members of different tribes. Nation, State, and Economy p. 21 Races
The essence of so-called war prosperity; it enriches some by what it takes from others. It is not rising wealth but a shifting of wealth and income. Nation, State, and Economy p. 158 War and Peace
The idea of freedom is both national and cosmopolitan. It is revolutionary, for it wants to abolish all rule incompatible with its principles, but it is also pacifistic. What basis for war could there still be, once all peoples had been set free? Nation, State, and Economy p. 35 Nationalism
The imperialistic people's state scarcely differs from the old principle state in its interpretation of sovereignty and its boundaries. Like the latter, it knows no other limits to the expansion of its rule than those drawn by the opposition of an equally strong power. Nation, State, and Economy p. 79 Imperialism
The only true national autonomy is the freedom of the individual against the state and society. Nation, State, and Economy p. 96 Freedom
The pacifistic line of argument goes too far if it simply denies that a people can gain by war. Nation, State, and Economy pp. 152-53 War and Peace
The person who has a low opinion of the mind is not the one who wants to make it free from all external regulation but rather the one who wants to control it by penal laws and machine guns. Nation, State, and Economy p. 215 Mind
The principles of freedom, which have gradually been gaining ground everywhere since the eighteenth century, gave people freedom of movement. Nation, State, and Economy p. 58 Migration
The public firm can nowhere maintain itself in free competition with the private firm; it is possible today only where it has a monopoly that excludes competition. Even that alone is evidence of its lesser economic productivity. Nation, State, and Economy p. 186 Bureaucracy
The romantic longing for wild adventures, for quarreling and freedom from external restraint, is itself only a sign of inner emptiness; it clings to the superficial and does not strive for depth. Nation, State, and Economy pp. 212-13 Romanticism
The sacrifice that is demanded of the soldier serving by compulsion can be compensated only with intangible values, never with material ones. Nation, State, and Economy p. 166 Patriotism
The size of a states territory therefore does not matter. Nation, State, and Economy p. 82 Secession
The syndicalistically organized state would be no socialist state but a state of worker capitalism, since the individual worker groups would be owners of the capital. Syndicalism would make all repatterning of production impossible; it leaves no room free for economic progress. In its entire intellectual character it suits the age of peasants and craftsmen, in which economic relations are rather stationary. Nation, State, and Economy p. 199 Syndicalism
The way to eternal peace does not lead through strengthening state and central power, as socialism strives for. Nation, State, and Economy p. 96 War and Peace
The welfare of a people lies not in casting other peoples down but in peaceful collaboration. Nation, State, and Economy p. 75 Imperialism
The world community of labor is based on the reciprocal advantage of all participants. Whoever wants to maintain and extend it must renounce all resentment in advance. Nation, State, and Economy p. 220 International Trade
They strive for welfare and for wealth not because they see the highest value in them but because they know that all higher and inner culture presupposes outward welfare. Nation, State, and Economy p. 215 Culture
War can really cause no economic boom, at least not directly, since an increase in wealth never does result from destruction of goods. Nation, State, and Economy p. 154 War and Peace
War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings. The earthquake means good business for construction workers, and cholera improves the business of physicians, pharmacists, and undertakers; but no one has for that reason yet sought to celebrate earthquakes and cholera as stimulators of the productive forces in the general interest. Nation, State, and Economy p. 154 War and Peace
War socialism was by no means complete socialism, but it was full and true socialization without exception if one had kept on the path that had been taken. Nation, State, and Economy p. 173 War and Peace
What counts is not the letter of the law but the substantive content of the legal norm. Nation, State, and Economy p. 173 Law
Whoever wants to speak with his fellow men and to understand what they say must use their language. Everyone must therefore strive to understand and speak the language of his environment. For that reason individuals and minorities adopt the language of the majority. Nation, State, and Economy pp. 27-28 Language
Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism. Nation, State, and Economy p. 77 State
Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism. Nation, State, and Economy p. 77 War and Peace