“It is…impossible to substitute other people’s work for that of the creators. If Dante and Beethoven had not existed, one would not have been in a position to produce the Divina Commedia or the Ninth Symphony by assigning other men to these tasks. Neither society nor single individuals can substantially further the genius and his work…But, of course, one can organize society in such a way that no room is left for pioneers and their path-breaking.”

in Creativity, Ludwig von Mises, Writers

-Ludwig von MisesHuman Action: A Treatise on Economics  (Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, The Scholar’s Edition, 2008), p. 140.

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