“Because economies are governed by thoughts, they reflect not the laws of matter but the laws of the mind. One crucial law of mind is that belief precedes knowledge.”
“Creative thought is not an inductive process in which a scientist accumulates evidence in a neutral and “objective” way until a theory becomes visible in it. Rather the theory comes first and determines what evidence can then be seen.”
“Imagination, intuition, and hypothesis are merely the first steps of learning. (…) Creative thought requires an act of faith. The believer must trust his intuition, the spontaneous creations of his mind, enough to pursue them laboriously to the point of experiment and knowledge. (…) It is love and faith that infuse ideas with life and fire. (…) But the essence of the universe is creative consciousness continually generating new energy and thought.”
 George Gilder, Wealth and Poverty (New York: Basic Books, 1981), 261.
 Ibid., 262, citing John E. Sawyer, “Entrepreneurial Error and Economic Growth,” Explorations in Entrepreneurial History, Vol. 4 (May 1952), 199-200.
 Gilder, Wealth and Poverty, 262, 263.