Immanuel Kant Quotes

  • 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.
  • Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another.
  • It is not God’s will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.
  • 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.
  • 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 to do? 3. What may I hope?
  • Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
  • Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
  • To be is to do.
  • By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man.
  • Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
  • Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.
  • Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
  • Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
  • A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose.
  • Intuition and concepts constitute… the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.
  • Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.
  • I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.
  • From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.  
  • Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.







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