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  • 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)

  • 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)

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

  • Yet, as I am anxious to repeat, we will still achieve predictions which can be falsified and which therefore are of empirical significance.
    (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)


  • 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)

  • 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)

  • The mind cannot foresee its own advance.
    (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)

  • 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)

  • 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 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)

  • 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)


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