Immanuel Kant, born 1724, was an influential Prussian German philosopher in the Age of Enlightenment. He is considered one of the most influential philosophers of all time. Kant pioneered many philosophical thoughts about life is known for his doctrine of transcendental idealism.
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One is not rich by what one owns, but more by what one is able to do without with dignity.
The wise man can change his mind; the stubborn one, never.
But a lie is a lie, and in itself intrinsically evil, whether it be told with good or bad intents.
If you punish a child for being naughty, and reward him for being good, he will do right merely for the sake of the reward; and when he goes out into the world and finds that goodness is not always rewarded, nor wickedness always punished, he will grow into a man who only thinks about how he may get on in the world, and does right or wrong according as he finds advantage to himself.
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
The only thing permanent is change.
The possession of power inevitably spoils the free use of reason.
Enlightenment is man's leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one's intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.
We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.
Great minds think for themselves.
If justice perishes, human life on Earth has lost its meaning.
All perception is coloured by emotion.
Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.
Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.
Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own intelligence!
The bad thing of war is, that it makes more evil people than it can take away.
You only know me as you see me, not as I actually am.
Look closely. The beautiful may be small.
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.
A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I ever read besides.
Patience is the strength of the weak, impatience is the weakness of the strong.
If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on.
Science is organised knowledge. Wisdom is organised life.
Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.
It is never too late to become reasonable and wise.
It is through good education that all the good in the world arises.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
The hand is the visible part of the brain.
Most men use their knowledge only under guidance from others because they lack the courage to think independently using their own reasoning abilities. It takes intellectual daring to discover the truth.
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
Honesty is better than any policy.
Do the right thing because it is right.
Thinking in pictures precedes thinking in words.
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 me and the moral law within me.
Happiness, though an indefinite concept, is the goal of all rational beings.
Always recognise that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.
There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.