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Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) quotes

 

  • Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
  • All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
  • All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I do? 3. What may I hope?
  • Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.
  • By a lie, a man... annhilates his dignity as a man.
  • Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling manking, forgetting the Greek who said "War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills".
  • Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
  • From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.
  • Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
  • He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
  • I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.
  • If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on.
  • Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
  • In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
  • Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.
  • It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.
  • It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honourably.
  • Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.
  • Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
  • To be is to do.
  • Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.