“It is true that the changes brought about by human action are but trifling when compared with the effects of the operation of the great cosmic forces. From the point of view of eternity and the infinite universe man is an infinitesimal speck. But for man human action and its vicissitudes are the real thing. Action is the essence of his nature and existence, his means of preserving his life and raising himself above the level of animals and plants. However perishable and evanescent all human efforts may be, for man and for human science they are of primary importance.”

in Ludwig von Mises, Philosophical, Writers

-Ludwig von MisesHuman Action: A Treatise on Economics (Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute The Scholar’s Edition, 2008), p. 18.

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