Quotes On Hayek

Below are some quotes from some of the world's most notable intellectuals and world leaders and their personal thoughts about FA Hayek.

Milton Friedman - Nobel Laureate Economics

"Over the years, I have again and again asked fellow believers in a free society how they managed to escape the contagion of their collectivist intellectual environment. No name has ben mentioned more often as the source of enlightenment and understanding than Friedrich Hayek's. I like others owe him a great debt... to broaden and deepen my understanding of the meaning and the requisites of a free society."

Vernon Smith - Nobel Laureate Economics

"Hayek, in my view, is the leading economic thinker of the 20th century"

Margaret Thatcher - British Prime Minister 1979 - 1990

"Hayek's powerful Road to Serfdom, left a permanent mark on my own political character, making me a long-term optimist for free enterprise and liberty"

"... the most powerful critique of socialist planning and the socialist state is FA Hayek's The Road to Serfdom"

Peter Drucker - NY Times Bestselling Author

"He is our time's preeminent social philosopher"

Sir John Hicks - Nobel Laureate Economics

"I can date my own personal revolution... it began with Hayek"

Robert Nozick - Professor Harvard University

"While in graduate school I encountered the writings of Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, which shook me out of my then socialist beliefs"

Milton Friedman - Nobel Laureate Economics

"There is no figure who had more of an influence... on the intellectuals behind the Iron Curtain than Friedrich Hayek. His books were translated and published by the underground and black market editions, read widely, and undoubtedly influenced the climate of opinion that ultimately brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union."

Douglass North - Nobel Laureate Economics

"Hayek..... in the forefront of the most creative scholars of the 20th century"

Fritz Machlup - Past President American Economics Association

"When I reviewed Hayek's book, The Pure Theory of Capital, it is my sincere conviction that this work contains some of the most penetrating thoughts on the subject that have ever been published."

Ronald Reagan - 40th President of the United States

Interview with Rowland Evans: What philosophical thinkers or writers influenced your conduct as a leader... Reagan: "I have read the economic views of von Mises and Hayek"

Congressman Dick Armey

"I asked Mart Laar (Prime Minister of Estonia) where his government got the idea for these reforms. Do you know what he replied? He said ,we read Milton Friedman and F.A. Hayek."

George H. Bush - 41st President of the United States

"Hayek is one of the great thinkers of our age."