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He who does not know how to safeguard his equilibrium when surrounded by motorcycles and telephones will not find it in the jungle or desert. Critique of Interventionism, A p. 130 Nature
For the primary task of reason is to cope consciously with the limitations imposed upon man by nature, to fight against scarcity. Human Action p. 237; p. 236 Nature
In nature there prevail irreconcilable conflicts of interest. The means of subsistence are scarce. Proliferation tends to outrun subsistence. Only the fittest plants and animals survive. The antagonism between an animal starving to death and another that snatches the food away from it is implacable. Human Action pp. 273-74; p. 273 Nature
Love of nature and appreciation of the beauties of the landscape were foreign to the rural population. The inhabitants of the cities brought them to the countryside. It was the city-dwellers who began to appreciate the land as nature. Human Action p. 641; p. 645 Nature
Not shepherds, but sophisticated aristocrats and city-dwellers were the authors of bucolic poetry. Daphnis and Chloe are creations of fancies far removed from earthy concerns. No less removed from the soil is the modern political myth of the soil. It did not blossom from the moss of the forests and the loam of the fields, but from the pavements of the cities and the carpets of the salons. Human Action p. 641; p. 645 Nature
Primitive man was always haunted by the specter of death from starvation. Civilization has freed us from these perils. Human Action p. 600; p. 602 Nature
The natural condition of man is extreme poverty and insecurity. It is romantic nonsense to lament the passing of the happy days of primitive barbarism. Human Action p. 165; p. 165 Nature
In Nature too, much may exist that we do not like. But we cannot change the essential character of natural events. If, for example, someone thinks — and there are some who have maintained as much — that the way in which man ingests his food, digests it, and incorporates it into his body is disgusting, one cannot argue the point with him. One must say to him: There is only this way or starvation. Liberalism p. 88 Nature
In nature there is nothing that could be called freedom. Nature is inexorable necessity. Planning for Freedom p. 215 Nature
Men, cooperating under the system of the division of labor, have created all the wealth which the daydreamers consider as a free gift of nature. Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, The p. 81 Nature
Nature is not bountiful but stingy. It has restricted the supply of all things indispensable for the preservation of human life. Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, The p. 81 Nature