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A collection of sayings and quotations by Immanuel Kant on liberalism, enlightenment, happiness, wisdom, life and religion.

64 Uplifting Quotes By Immanuel Kant, The Great German Philosopher

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Famous As
Philosopher

Born On
22 April 1724 AD

Died On
12 February 1804 AD

Born In
Königsberg, Germany

Died At Age
79

Immanuel Kant was a great philosopher of the ‘Enlightenment Era’, during the late 18th century. Kant was best known for his contributions to philosophy. Immanuel questioned reality by arguing that we only believe in the things that we know about and are sure to exist. But in reality, there are numerous things that exist, yet stay unknown to us. His philosophy revolved around the Ethics and Morals that affect our reasoning and judgement. Most of his ideologies were summed up in his three major books, ‘Critique of Pure Reason’, ‘Critique of Practical Reason’ and ‘Critique of Judgment’. Although Kant kept himself away from religion, he well understood the prominence of religion in human life. His mission was to replace religious authority with human intelligence and his ideologies are well reflected in his sayings and quotations. His observations and thoughts on several issues became popular quotes over time. Here is a compilation of best quotes by Immanuel Kant.

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.

- Immanuel Kant

Sesuatu untuk dikerjakan, seseorang untuk dicintai, sesuatu untuk diharapkan. Itulah kebahagiaan.

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

Toute intuition sans concept n'aboutit pas Tout concept sans intuition est vide

- Immanuel Kant

Give me matter and i will build a world out of it.

- Immanuel Kant

Nature is beautiful because it looks like Art; and Art can only be called beautiful if we are conscious of it as Art while yet it looks like Nature.

- Critique of Judgment, Immanuel Kant

To be is to do.

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

Simply to acquiesce in skepticism can never suffice to overcome the restlessness of reason.

- Immanuel Kant

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.

- Immanuel Kant

Dignity is a value that creates irreplaceability.

- Immanuel Kant

Only the descent into the hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness.

- The Metaphysics of Morals, Immanuel Kant

What might be said of things in themselves, separated from all relationship to our senses, remains for us absolutely unknown

- Immanuel Kant

Better the whole people perish than that injustice be done

- Immanuel Kant

Sapere aude.

- An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?, Immanuel Kant

By a lie a man throws away and as it were annihilates his dignity as a man

- 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

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

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

Human beings are never to be treated as a means but always as ends.

- Immanuel Kant

Coffee! Coffee!

- Basic Writings, Immanuel Kant

All false art, all vain wisdom, lasts its time but finally destroys itself, and its highest culture is also the epoch of its decay.

- Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, 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.

- An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?, Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.

- Immanuel Kant

The schematicism by which our understanding deals with the phenomenal world ... is a skill so deeply hidden in the human soul that we shall hardly guess the secret trick that Nature here employs.

- Kritik der reinen Vernunft, Immanuel Kant

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.

- Perpetual Peace, Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

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.

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

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.

- Immanuel Kant

Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason. Immanuel Kant

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Immanuel Kant

Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild..

- Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant

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.

- Immanuel Kant

Law And Freedom without Violence (Anarchy) Law And Violence without Freedom (Despotism) Violence without Freedom And Law (Barbarism) Violence with Freedom And Law (Republic)

- 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

Treat people as an end, and never as a means to an end

- Immanuel Kant

Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.

- Immanuel Kant

In all judgements by which we describe anything as beautiful, we allow no one to be of another opinion.

- Critique of Judgment, Immanuel Kant

Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own intelligence!

- Immanuel Kant

Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.

- Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

Have the courage to use your own reason- That is the motto of enlightenment. "Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals" (1785)

- 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

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

- Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

The death of dogma is the birth of morality.

- Immanuel Kant

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

- An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?, Immanuel Kant

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

- 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

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

- Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.

- Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant

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.

- Critique of Practical Reason, Immanuel Kant

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

- Immanuel Kant

Dare to think!

- What is Enlightenment?, Immanuel Kant

Look closely. The beautiful may be small.

- Immanuel Kant

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.

- Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals/On a Supposed Right to Lie Because of Philanthropic Concerns, 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

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

- Immanuel Kant