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Friedrich August von Hayek Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Friedrich August von Hayek

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The mind cannot foresee its own advance.
- 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

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

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 shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that
we have done was very foolish.
- 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

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

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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

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

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

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

Our moral traditions developed concurrently with our reason,
not as its product.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The human mind is our fundamental resource.
- John F. Kennedy

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands:
not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
- Colin Wilson

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Iron rusts from disuse;
water loses its purity from stagnation...
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

The moment a person forms a theory,
his imagination sees in every object
only the traits which favor that theory.
- Thomas Jefferson

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An insincere and evil friend is more
to be feared than a wild beast;
a wild beast may wound your body,
but an evil friend will wound your mind.
- The Buddha

Genuine heroes - no batteries needed -
bring lots of open-mind and at least a little courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Few is the number of those
who think with their own mind
and feel with their own heart.
- Albert Einstein

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
- Mencius

May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your essence be the nectar of the open blossom of your joy.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Resistance creates suffering.
Stress happens when your mind resists what is.
The only problem in your life
is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.
- Dan Millman

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers
of acting and reasoning as fear.
- Edmund Burke

Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

The pendulum of the mind alternates
between sense and nonsense,
not between right and wrong.
- Carl Jung

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A house is not a home unless it
contains food and fire
for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination,
which the steadfast heart will conquer,
and the large mind will transcend.
- Helen Keller

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life
is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
- Albert Einstein

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift.
- Albert Einstein

Happiness is a state of mind.
- Anonymous

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
- Jonas Salk

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Other people do not have to change
for us to experience peace of mind.
- Gerald Jampolsky

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper


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