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A historians achievement consists in presenting the past in a new perspective of understanding. Theory and History p. 290 History
A technological invention is not something material. It is the product of a mental process, of reasoning and conceiving new ideas. The tools and machines may be called material, but the operation of the mind which created them is certainly spiritual. Theory and History p. 109 Entrepreneurs
All judgments of value are personal and subjective. There are no judgments of value other than those asserting I prefer, I like better, I wish. Theory and History p. 22 Judgment
Although some intolerance, bigotry, and lust for persecution is still left in religious matters, it is unlikely that religious passion will kindle wars in the near future. The aggressive spirit of our age stems from another source, from endeavors to make the state totalitarian and to deprive the individual of autonomy. Theory and History p. 64 Religion
At least one of the characteristic marks of a true theory is that action based on it succeeds in attaining the expected result. In this sense, truth works while untruth does not work. Theory and History p. 123 Truth
Behaviorism fails to explain why different people adjust themselves to the same conditions in different ways. Theory and History p. 245 Behaviorism
Behaviorism proposes to study human behavior according to the methods developed by animal and infant psychology. It seeks to investigate reflexes and instincts, automatisms and unconscious reactions. But it has told us nothing about the reflexes that have built cathedrals, railroads, and fortresses, the instincts that have produced philosophies, poems, and legal systems, the automatisms that have resulted in the growth and decline of empires, the unconscious reactions that are splitting atoms. Theory and History pp. 245-46 Behaviorism
Choosing ultimate ends is a personal, subjective, individual affair. Choosing means is a matter of reason, choosing ultimate ends a matter of the soul and the will. Theory and History p. 15 Choice
Collectivism is a doctrine of war, intolerance, and persecution. If any of the collectivist creeds should succeed in its endeavors, all people but the great dictator would be deprived of their essential human quality. They would become mere soulless pawns in the hands of a monster. Theory and History p. 61 Collectivism
Conduct suited to preserve social cooperation is just, conduct detrimental to the preservation of society is unjust. Theory and History p. 54 Justice
Each individual is the only and final arbiter in matters concerning his own satisfaction and happiness. Theory and History p. 13 Happiness
Every action adds something to history, affects the course of future events, and is in this sense a historical fact. The most trivial performance of daily routine by dull people is no less a historical datum than is the most startling innovation of the genius. Theory and History p. 195 History
Every doctrine denying to the single paltry individual any role in history must finally ascribe changes and improvements to the operation of instincts. As those upholding such doctrines see it, man is an animal that has the instinct to produce poems, cathedrals, and airplanes. Theory and History pp. 194-95 Instinct
Every quantity that we can observe is a historical event, a fact which cannot be fully described without specifying the time and geographical point. The econometrician is unable to disprove this fact, which cuts the ground from under his reasoning. He cannot help admitting that there are no behavior constants. Theory and History p. 10 Econometrics
For the charismatic leader but one thing matters: the faithful performance of his mission no matter what the means he may be forced to resort to. He is above all laws and moral precepts. What he does is always right, and what his opponents do is always wrong. Theory and History p. 164 Politics
Great Britain would not have gone socialist if the Conservatives, not to speak of the Liberals, had not virtually endorsed socialist ideas. Theory and History p. 319n Conservatism
Grumblers may blame Western civilization for its materialism and may assert that it gratified nobody but a small class of rugged exploiters. But their laments cannot wipe out the facts. Millions of mothers have been made happier by the drop in infant mortality. Famines have disappeared and epidemics have been curbed. Theory and History p. 334 Capitalism
History looks backward into the past, but the lesson it teaches concerns things to come. It does not teach indolent quietism; it rouses man to emulate the deeds of earlier generations. Theory and History p. 294 History
Ideas live longer than walls and other material artifacts. Theory and History p. 196 Ideas
In the long run even the most despotic governments with all their brutality and cruelty are no match for ideas. Eventually the ideology that has won the support of the majority will prevail and cut the ground from under the tyrants feet. Then the oppressed many will rise in rebellion and overthrow their masters. Theory and History p. 372 Ideas
In the unhampered market economy there are no privileges, no protection of vested interests, no barriers preventing anybody from striving after any prize. Theory and History p. 114 Class Mobility
It has sometimes been asserted that there is more truth in fiction than in history. Insofar as the novel or play is looked upon as a disclosure of the authors mind, this is certainly correct. The poet always writes about himself, always analyzes his own soul. Theory and History p. 280 Poetry
It is a fact that hardly any historian has fully avoided passing judgments of value. Theory and History p. 21 History
It is a hopeless task to interpret a symphony, a painting, or a novel. The interpreter at best tries to tell us something about his reaction to the work. He cannot tell us with certainty what the creator's meaning was or what other people may see in it. Even if the creator himself provides a commentary on his work, as in the case of program-music, this uncertainty remains. There are no words to describe the ineffable. Theory and History p. 276 Arts
It is an enormous simplification to speak of the American mind. Every American has his own mind. Theory and History pp. 191-92 America
It is an illusion to expect that despotism will always side with the good causes. Theory and History p. 372 Government
It is justifiable if ethics and religion tell people that they ought to make better use of the well-being that capitalism brings them. . . . But it is irresponsible to condemn one social system and to recommend its replacement by another system without having fully investigated the economic consequences of each. Theory and History p. 343 Religion
It is only the passionate pro-socialist zeal of mathematical pseudo-economists that transforms a purely analytical tool of logical economics into an utopian image of the good and most desirable state of affairs. Theory and History p. 367 Equilibrium
It was not the Syllabus of Pope Pius IX that paved the way for the return of intolerance and the persecution of dissenters. It was the writings of the socialists. Theory and History p. 68 Christianity
Man is not the member of one group only and does not appear on the scene of human affairs solely in the role of a member of one definitive group. Theory and History p. 257 Groups
Marx's economic teachings are essentially a garbled rehash of the theories of Adam Smith and, first of all, of Ricardo. Theory and History pp. 124-25 Marxism
No mass phenomenon can be adequately treated without analyzing the ideas implied. And no new ideas spring from the mythical mind of the masses. Theory and History p. 263 Ideas
One of the fundamental conditions of mans existence and action is the fact that he does not know what will happen in the future. Theory and History p. 180 Uncertainty
Only stilted pedants can conceive the idea that there are absolute norms to tell what is beautiful and what is not. They try to derive from the works of the past a code of rules with which, as they fancy, the writers and artists of the future should comply. But the genius does not cooperate with the pundit. Theory and History p. 63 Arts
Polylogism denies the uniformity of the logical structure of the human mind. Every social class, every nation, race, or period of history is equipped with a logic that differs from the logic of other classes, nations, races, or ages. Hence bourgeois economics differs from proletarian economics, German physics from the physics of other nations, Aryan mathematics from Semitic mathematics. Theory and History pp. 31-32 Logic
Talk about the magnificence of untouched nature is idle if it does not take into account what man has got by desecrating nature. Theory and History pp. 218-19 Environment
The big business enterprises are almost without exception corporations, precisely because they are too big for single individuals to own them entirely. The growth of business units has far outstripped the growth of individual fortunes. Theory and History p. 118 Big Business
The characteristic feature of a free society is that it can function in spite of the fact that its members disagree in many judgments of value. Theory and History p. 61 Freedom
The churches are right to lament the destitution of the masses in the economically backward countries. But they are badly mistaken when they assume that anything can wipe out the poverty of these wretched people but unconditional adoption of the system of profit-seeking big business, that is, mass production for the satisfaction of the needs of the many. Theory and History pp. 343-44 Religion
The distinction between an economic sphere of human life and activity and a noneconomic sphere is the worst of their fallacies. Theory and History pp. 376-77 Freedom
The egalitarian doctrine is manifestly contrary to all the facts established by biology and by history. Only fanatical partisans of this theory can contend that what distinguishes the genius from the dullard is entirely the effect of postnatal influences. Theory and History p. 331 Equality
The enjoyment of art and literature presupposes a certain disposition and susceptibility on the part of the public. Taste is inborn to only a few. Others must cultivate their aptitude for enjoyment. Theory and History p. 63 Arts
The essence of an individuals freedom is the opportunity to deviate from traditional ways of thinking and of doing things. Theory and History p. 378 Conservatism
The essence of an individuals freedom is the opportunity to deviate from traditional ways of thinking and of doing things. Theory and History p. 378 Creativity
The fundamental thesis of rationalism is unassailable. Man is a rational being; that is, his actions are guided by reason. Theory and History p. 269 Rational Action
The idea of equal distribution of land is a pernicious illusion. Its execution would plunge mankind into misery and starvation, and would in fact wipe out civilization itself. Theory and History p. 354 Equality
The mere fact that an event happened in a distant country and a remote age does not in itself prove that it has no bearing on the present. Theory and History p. 290 History
The positivists tell us that one day a new scientific discipline will emerge which will make good their promises and will describe in every detail the physical and chemical processes that produce in the body of man definite ideas. But it is evident that such a metaphysical proposition can in no way invalidate the results of the discursive reasoning of the sciences of human action. Theory and History p. 3 Positivism
The sciences of human action start from the fact that man purposefully aims at ends he has chosen. It is precisely this that all brands of positivism, behaviorism, and panphysicalism want either to deny altogether or to pass over in silence. Theory and History p. 3 Positivism
The struggle for freedom is ultimately not resistance to autocrats or oligarchs but resistance to the despotism of public opinion. Theory and History pp. 66-67 Public Opinion
The worst and most dangerous form of absolutist rule is that of an intolerant majority. Theory and History p. 67 Politics
There are no irreconcilable conflicts between selfishness and altruism, between economics and ethics, between the concerns of the individual and those of society. Theory and History pp. 54-55 Conflict
There is no such thing as a nonhistorical analysis of the present state of affairs. Theory and History p. 287 History
Those politicians, professors and union bosses who curse big business are fighting for a lower standard of living. Theory and History p. 147 Anti-Trust Laws
Thoughts and ideas are not phantoms. They are real things. Although intangible and immaterial, they are factors in bringing about changes in the realm of tangible and material things. Theory and History p. 96 Ideas
Truth refers to what is or was, not to a state of affairs that is not or was not but would suit the wishes of the truth-seeker better. Theory and History p. 298 Truth
Value is not intrinsic. It is not in things and conditions but in the valuing subject. Theory and History p. 23 Value
What a man can say about the future is always merely speculative anticipation. Theory and History p. 203 Uncertainty
What distinguishes civilized man from a barbarian must be acquired by every individual anew. Theory and History p. 293 Civilization
When the collectivist extols the state, what he means is not every state but only that regime of which he approves, no matter whether this legitimate state exists already or has to be created. Theory and History p. 254 Collectivism