“The expenditure of labor is deemed painful. Not to work is considered a state of affairs more satisfactory than working. Leisure is, other things being equal, preferred to travail. People work only when they value the return of labor higher than the decrease in satisfaction brought about by the curtailment of leisure. To work involves disutility.”

in Economics, Ludwig von Mises, Writers

-Ludwig von MisesHuman Action: A Treatise on Economics  (Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, The Scholar’s Edition, 2008), pp. 131-32.

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