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Immanuel Kant


by Immanuel Kant

Quotations are not only inspirational, and a source of wisdom, but can also be seen as a nice way to get a feeling about a certain thinker or visionary. How much does what they have to say touch you? How much does it correspond to what you seek? How does in inspire you? Here are the quotations by Immanuel Kant.

Quotes by Immanuel Kant

"Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law."
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (1785)

"There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience."
Critique of Pure Reason (1781)

"Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind. The understanding can intuit nothing, the senses can think nothing. Only through their unison can knowledge arise."
Critique of Pure Reason (1781)

"The child must be brought up free (that he allow others to be free). "
The Educational Theory of Immanuel Kant (1904)

"Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness."
Critique of Practical Reason (1788)

"All human knowledge begins with intuitions, proceeds from thence to concepts, and ends with ideas."
Critique of Pure Reason (1781)

"Reason in a creature is a faculty of widening the rules and purposes of the use of all its powers far beyond natural instinct; it acknowledges no limits to its projects. Reason itself does not work instinctively, but requires trial, practice, and instruction in order gradually to progress from one level of insight to another. "
Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784)

"Whatever concept one may hold, from a metaphysical point of view, concerning the freedom of the will, certainly its appearances, which are human actions, like every other natural event are determined by universal laws."
Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784)

"For instance, if you have by a lie hindered a man who is even now planning a murder, you are legally responsible for all the consequences. But if you have strictly adhered to the truth, public justice can find no fault with you, be the unforeseen consequence what it may. It is possible that whilst you have honestly answered Yes to the murderer's question, whether his intended victim is in the house, the latter may have gone out unobserved, and so not have come in the way of the murderer, and the deed therefore have not been done; whereas, if you lied and said he was not in the house, and he had really gone out (though unknown to you) so that the murderer met him as he went, and executed his purpose on him, then you might with justice be accused as the cause of his death. For, if you had spoken the truth as well as you knew it, perhaps the murderer while seeking for his enemy in the house might have been caught by neighbours coming up and the deed been prevented."
On a Supposed Right to Tell Lies from Benevolent Motives (1797)

"I have no knowledge of myself as I am, but merely as I appear to myself."
Critique of Pure Reason (1781)

"All natural capacities of a creature are destined to evolve completely to their natural end."
Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784)

"The wish to talk to God is absurd. We cannot talk to one we cannot comprehend - and we cannot comprehend God;
we can only believe in Him. The uses of prayer are thus only subjective."
A lecture at Königsberg (1775)

"By a lie a man throws away and, as it were, annihilates his dignity as a man.
A man who himself does not believe what he tells another ... has even less worth than if he were a mere thing. ... makes himself a mere deceptive appearance of man, not man himself. "
Doctrine of Virtue (translated by Mary J. Gregor, 1964)

"Enlightenment is man's leaving his self-caused immaturity.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another."
What is Enlightenment? (1784)

"Through laziness and cowardice a large part of mankind, even after nature has freed them from alien guidance, gladly remain immature. It is because of laziness and cowardice that it is so easy for others to usurp the role of guardians. It is so comfortable to be a minor!"
What is Enlightenment? (1784)

"It is difficult for the isolated individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost natural for him.
He has even become fond of it and for the time being is incapable of employing his own intelligence, because he has never been allowed to make the attempt. Statutes and formulas, these mechanical tools of a serviceable use, or rather misuse, of his natural faculties, are the ankle-chains of a continuous immaturity. Whoever threw it off would make an uncertain jump over the smallest trench because he is not accustomed to such free movement. Therefore there are only a few who have pursued a firm path and have succeeded in escaping from immaturity by their own cultivation of the mind."
What is Enlightenment? (1784)

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