35 Incredible Immanuel Kant Quotes

35 Incredible Immanuel Kant Quotes

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Immanuel Kant was a philosopher from Russia who was born in 1804. His work focused on the human experience and mortality. He is still to this day considered to be a central figure of modern philosophy. He died on February 12, 1804 at the age of 79.

“All human knowledge begins with intuitions, proceeds from thence to concepts, and ends with ideas.”

“All natural capacities of a creature are destined to evolve completely to their natural end.”

“Beneficence is a duty.”

“By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man.”

“Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism,
which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public.”

“Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another.”

“Freedom is the alone unoriginated birthright of man, and belongs to him by force of his humanity.”

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

“Human reason has this peculiar fate that in one species of its knowledge it is burdened by questions which, as prescribed by the very nature of reason itself, it is not able to ignore, but
which, as transcending all its powers, it is also not able to answer.”

“I freely admit that the remembrance of David Hume was the very thing that many years ago first interrupted my dogmatic slumber and gave a completely different direction to my researches in
the field of speculative philosophy.”

“I have therefore found it necessary to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.”

“I ought never to act except in such a way that I could also will that my maxim should become a universal law.”

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

“In man (as the only rational creature on earth) those natural capacities which are directed to the use of his reason are to be fully developed only in the race, not in the individual.”

“It is absurd … to hope that maybe another Newton may some day arise, to make intelligible to us even the genesis of but a blade of grass (“Dialectic of Teleological Judgment” §75)”

“It is difficult for the isolated individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost natural for him. ”

“It is therefore correct to say that the senses do not err — not because they always judge rightly, but because they do not judge at all.”

“Men will not understand … that when they fulfil their duties to men, they fulfil thereby God’s commandments; that they are consequently always in the service of God, as long as their
actions are moral, and that it is absolutely impossible to serve God otherwise.”

“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.”

“Nature does nothing in vain, and in the use of means to her goals she is not prodigal. ”

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

“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.”

“Religion is too important a matter to its devotees to be a subject of ridicule. If they indulge in absurdities, they are to be pitied rather than ridiculed.”

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

“The death of dogma is the birth of morality.”

“The greatest problem for the human race, to the solution of which Nature drives man, is the achievement of a universal civic society which administers law among men.”

“The history of mankind can be seen, in the large, as the realization of Nature’s secret plan to bring forth a perfectly constituted state as the only condition in which the capacities of
mankind can be fully developed, and also bring forth that external relation among states which is perfectly adequate to this end.”

“The inscrutable wisdom through which we exist is not less worthy of veneration in respect to what it denies us than in respect to what it has granted.”

“The means employed by Nature to bring about the development of all the capacities of men is their antagonism in society, so far as this is, in the end, the cause of a lawful order among

“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.”

“There is … only a single categorical imperative and it is this: Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”

“Through laziness and cowardice a large part of mankind, even after nature has freed them from alien guidance, gladly remain immature.”

“To a high degree we are, through art and science, cultured. We are civilized — perhaps too much for our own good — in all sorts of social grace and decorum. But to consider ourselves as
having reached morality — for that, much is lacking.”

“To be is to do.”

“Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law
within me.”