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Friedrich August von Hayek Quotes and Sayings

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I do not think it is an exaggeration to say history
is largely a history of inflation,
usually inflations engineered by governments for the gain of governments.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Freedom granted only when it is known beforehand that
its effects will be beneficial is not freedom.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

This means that to entrust to science -
or to deliberate control according to scientific principles -
more than scientific method can achieve may have deplorable effects.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that
we have done was very foolish.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

 

It can hardly be denied that such a demand quite arbitrarily
limits the facts which are to be admitted as possible
causes of the events which occur in the real world.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which
the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

The mind cannot foresee its own advance.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

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It is rather a problem of how to secure the best use
of resources known to any of the members of society,
for ends whose relative importance only those individuals know.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

We must face the fact that the preservation of individual
freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of
our views of distributive justice.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

We have indeed at the moment little cause for pride:
as a profession we have made a mess of things.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Our moral traditions developed concurrently with our reason,
not as its product.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

A claim for equality of material position can be met
only by a government with totalitarian powers.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

We know: of course, with regard to the market and similar social structures,
a great many facts which we cannot measure and on which
indeed we have only some very imprecise and general information.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

If we wish to preserve a free society,
it is essential that we recognize that the desirability
of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

I regard it in fact as the great advantage of the mathematical
technique that it allows us to describe,
by means of algebraic equations, the general character
of a pattern even where we are ignorant of the numerical
values which will determine its particular manifestation.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

The progress of the natural sciences in modern times
has of course so much exceeded all expectations that
any suggestion that there may be some limits to it
is bound to arouse suspicion.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

The credit which the apparent conformity with recognized
scientific standards can gain for seemingly simple but false theories may,
as the present instance shows, have grave consequences.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Why should we, however, in economics,
have to plead ignorance of the sort of facts on which,
in the case of a physical theory, a scientist would
certainly be expected to give precise information?
- Friedrich August von Hayek

If most people are not willing to see the difficulty,
this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously,
they assume that it will be they who will settle these
questions for the others,
and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge
and the power which enable us to shape the processes
of society entirely to our liking,
knowledge which in fact we do not possess,
is likely to make us do much harm.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

It seems to me that socialists today can preserve their
position in academic economics merely by the pretense
that the differences are entirely moral questions about
which science cannot decide.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting
themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has
made our generation understand that to choose one's
government is not necessarily to secure freedom.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

I have arrived at the conviction that the neglect by
economists to discuss seriously what is really the
crucial problem of our time is due to a certain timidity
about soiling their hands by going from purely scientific
questions into value questions.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Even the striving for equality by means of a directed
economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality -
an authoritarian determination of the status of each
individual in the new hierarchical order.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

We know, in other words, the general conditions in which what we call,
somewhat misleadingly, an equilibrium will establish itself:
but we never know what the particular prices or wages
are which would exist if the market were to bring about such an equilibrium.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

He will therefore have to use what knowledge he can achieve,
not to shape the results as the craftsman shapes his handiwork,
but rather to cultivate a growth by providing the appropriate environment,
in the manner in which the gardener does this for his plants.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen PHOTO

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson PHOTO

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch PHOTO

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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