Immanuel kant

Immanuel Kant Quotes

  • A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose.

  • 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?

  • All thought must, directly or indirectly, by way of certain characters, relate ultimately to intuitions, and therefore, with us, to sensibility, because in no other way can an object be given to us.

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  • Although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.

  • Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.

  • Beneficence is a duty; and he who frequently practices it, and sees his benevolent intentions realised comes, at length, really to love him to whom he has done good.

  • By a lie, a man annihilates his dignity as a man.

  • Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, 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.

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  • 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.

  • Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; ere long she shall appear to vindicate thee.

  • 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.

  • If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on.

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

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  • Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.

  • Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.

  • 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.

  • 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.