Immanuel Kant was an influential philosopher in the Age of Enlightenment. In his doctrine of transcendental idealism, he argued that space, time, and causation are mere sensibilities; “things-in-themselves” exist, but their nature is unknowable. Profoundly inspirational Immanuel Kant quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.
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Famous Immanuel Kant Quotes
Dignity is a value that creates irreplaceability.
Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
By a lie, a man…annihilates his dignity as a man.
Nature even in chaos cannot proceed otherwise than regularly and according to order.
We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.
Dare to think!
Freedom can never be comprehended, nor even can insight into it be gained.
Simply to acquiesce in skepticism can never suffice to overcome the restlessness of reason.
Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.
Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.
Freedom is that faculty that enlarges the usefulness of all other faculties.
Freedom is the opposite of necessity.
The only thing that is good without qualification is goodwill.
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?
There is, therefore, only one categorical imperative. It is: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.
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.
The greatest human quest is to know what one must do in order to become a human being.
Inspirational Immanuel Kant Quotes
Historically the most striking result of Kant’s labors was the rapid separation of the thinkers of his own nation and, though less completely, of the world, into two parties;—the philosophers and the scientists.
Look closely. The beautiful may be small.
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.
Notion without intuition is empty, intuition without notion is blind.
The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more conscious we are of life.
Art is purposiveness without purpose.
An organized product of nature is that in which all the parts are mutually ends and means.
Life is the faculty of spontaneous activity, the awareness that we have powers.
The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
Great minds think for themselves.
A person is only a person when it has the power to make sense of its surrounding.
One is not rich by what one owns, but more by what one is able to do with dignity.
For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.
Settle, for sure and universally, what conduct will promote the happiness of a rational being.
One who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him.
Give me matter, and I will construct a world out of it!
The ideal of the supreme being is nothing but a regulative principle of reason which directs us to look upon all connection in the world as if it originated from an all-sufficient necessary cause.
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and reverence the more often and more steadily one reflects on them, the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
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 only thing permanent is change.
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.
Top Immanuel Kant Quotes
How then is perfection to be sought? Wherein lies our hope? In education, and in nothing else.
Honesty is better than any policy.
Do the right thing because it is right.
All perception is colored by emotion.
God put a secret art into the forces of Nature so as to enable it to fashion itself out of chaos into a perfect world system.
Without the sensuous faculty no object would be given to us, without understanding no object would be thought. Thoughts without content are void, intuitions without conceptions, blind.
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a be general natural law.
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily they are reflected on: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
God, freedom, and immortality are untenable in the light of pure reason.
It is not God’s will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.
There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.
Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.
It is never too late to become reasonable and wise.
All human knowledge begins with intuitions, proceeds from thence to concepts, and ends with ideas.
Our knowledge springs from two fundamental sources of the mind; the first is the capacity of receiving representations (receptivity for impressions), the second is the power of knowing an object through these representations (spontaneity [in the production] of concepts).
Better the whole people perish than that injustice be done
Maturity is having the courage to use one’s own intelligence!
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.