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Quotes by Immanuel Kant

A Collection of Quotes by Immanuel Kant

“I shall never forget my mother, for it was she who planted and nurtured the first seeds of good within me. She opened my heart to the lasting impressions of nature; she awakened my understanding and extended my horizon and her percepts exerted an everlasting influence upon the course of my life.”

“Look closely. The beautiful may be small.”

“Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the reflection dwells on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”

“But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows.”

“How then is perfection to be sought? Wherein lies our hope? In education, and in nothing else.”

“Dare to think!”

“An action, to have moral worth, must be done from duty.”

“Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality.”

“Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end.”

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”

“Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.”

“Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild.”

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”

“Without man and his potential for moral progress, the whole of reality would be a mere wilderness, a thing in vain, and have no final purpose”

“Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.”

“Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”

“Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.”

“Patience is the strength of the weak, impatience is the weakness of the strong.”

“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.”

“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.”

“But a lie is a lie, and in itself intrinsically evil, whether it be told with good or bad intents.”

“There is something splendid about innocence; but what is bad about it, in turn, is that it cannot protect itself very well and is easily seduced.”

“Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”

“I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.”

“If you punish a child for being naughty, and reward him for being good, he will do right merely for the sake of the reward; and when he goes out into the world and finds that goodness is not always rewarded, nor wickedness always punished, he will grow into a man who only thinks about how he may get on in the world, and does right or wrong according as he finds advantage to himself.”

“Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.”

“One who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him.”

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

“You only know me as you see me, not as I actually am.”

“Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.”

“I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.”

“Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.”

“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.”

“Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another.”

“For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.”

“The only thing permanent is change.”

“In all judgements by which we describe anything as beautiful, we allow no one to be of another opinion.”

“In every department of physical science there is only so much science, properly so-called, as there is mathematics.”

“Do the right thing because it is right.”

“The death of dogma is the birth of morality.”

“I am an investigator by inclination. I feel a great thirst for knowledge.”

“Only the descent into the hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness”

“The greatest human quest is to know what one must do in order to become a human being.”

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.”

“All perception is colored by emotion.”

“The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more conscious we are of life.”

“Give a man everything he wants and at that moment everything is not everything.”

“A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I ever read besides.”

“All false art, all vain wisdom, lasts its time but finally destroys itself, and its highest culture is also the epoch of its decay.”

“Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.”

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