Immanuel Kant Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Kant: A Polymath of Modern Thought | Philosophy | College of ...

Learning about one more influential philosopher during the age of enlightenment, this german thinker’s main interests were metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, aesthetics and cosmogony. His well-known book named Critique of Pure Reason look to be one of those classics in this genre that is a must-read. Also political, his work on objective reality that I have researched is as fascinating compared to the Greek or any other era.

  • We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without. Immanuel Kant
  • Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. Immanuel Kant
  • The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason. Immanuel Kant
  • Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! ‘Have courage to use your own reason!’- that is the motto of enlightenment. Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?
  • Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. Immanuel Kant
  • 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. Immanuel Kant
  • A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose. Immanuel Kant
  • Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee. Immanuel Kant
  • 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. Immanuel Kant
  • 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. Immanuel Kant
  • Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind. Immanuel Kant
  • Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt. Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
  • All false art, all vain wisdom, lasts its time but finally destroys itself, and its highest culture is also the epoch of its decay. Immanuel Kant
  • 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. Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
  • The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more conscious we are of life. Immanuel Kant
  • Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild… Immanuel Kant
  • Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another. Immanuel Kant
  • Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction (naturaliter maiorennes), nevertheless remains under lifelong tutelage, and why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so easy not to be of age. If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a physician who decides my diet, and so forth, I need not trouble myself. I need not think, if I can only pay – others will easily undertake the irksome work for me. That the step to competence is held to be very dangerous by the far greater portion of mankind… Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?
  • The humiliating difference between laymen and clergymen must disappear, and equality spring from true liberty. Immanuel Kant
  • Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. Immanuel Kant
  • The death of dogma is the birth of morality. Immanuel Kant

Growing this quotes list here on individuals and media on ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE ONLINE, the reaction from them overall is just fine with me. I enjoy documenting famous words from people for so many reasons than I can count. Considering subcategories to easily search specific people on this website for the future, they would be Philosophers, Social Commentators, Writers, Politicians, Comedians, or more something related to that nature listed.

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