Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

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

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

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

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

“Always treat people as ends in themselves, never as means to an end.”

“Look closely. The beautiful may be small.”

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

“Dare to think! ”

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

“All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.”

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

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

“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.”

“To Be is To Do.”

“Have the courage to use your own reason- That is the motto of enlightenment.”

“Seek not the favor of the multitude… But seek the testimony of the few; and number not the voices, but weigh them.”

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

“Dare to know.”

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. Sapere Aude! “Have courage to use your own understanding!”– that is the motto of enlightenment.”

“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.”

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

“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.”

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

“Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“From the crooked timber of humanity, a straight board cannot be hewn.”

“The light dove, in free flight cutting through the air the resistance of which it feels, could get the idea that it could do even better in airless space. Likewise, Plato abandoned the world of the senses because it posed so many hindrances for the understanding, and dared to go beyond it on the wings of the ideas, in the empty space of pure understanding.”

“Reason should investigate its own parameters before declaring its omniscience.”

“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 although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.”

“Beauty presents an indeterminate concept of Understanding, the sublime an indeterminate concept of Reason.”

“Laziness and cowardice explain why so many men. . . remain under a life-long tutelage and why it is so easy for some men to set themselves up as the guardians of all the rest. . . If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a doctor who decides my diet, I need not trouble myself. If I am willing to pay, I need not think. Others will do it for me.”

“Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”

“Marriage … is the union of two people of different sexes with a view to the mutual possession of each other’s sexual attributes for the duration of their lives.”

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

“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.”

“Settle, for sure and universally, what conduct will promote the happiness of a rational being.”

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

“Science is organized knowledge.”

“But, above all, it will confer an inestimable benefit on morality and religion, by showing that all the objections urged against them may be silenced for ever by the Socratic method, that is to say, by proving the ignorance of the objector.”

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

“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and reverence, the more often and more steadily one reflects upon them—the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”

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