52 of the Most Inspirational Immanuel Kant Quotes 


1. “To be is to do.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


2. “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


3. “Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


4. “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

5. “Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


6. “Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


7. “Man’s duty is to improve himself; to cultivate his mind; and, when he finds himself going astray, to bring the moral law to bear upon himself.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


8. “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.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


9. “We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.” —  IMMANUEL KANT



10. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


11. “The only thing permanent is change.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


12. “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


13. “Reason must approach nature with the view, indeed, of receiving information from it, not, however, in the character of a pupil, who listens to all that his master chooses to tell him, but in that of a judge, who compels the witnesses to reply to those questions which he himself thinks fit to propose. To this single idea must the revolution be ascribed, by which, after groping in the dark for so many centuries, natural science was at length conducted into the path of certain progress.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


14. “When I could have used a wife, I could not support one; and when I could support one, I no longer needed any.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


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


16. “The possession of power inevitably spoils the free use of reason.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


17. “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.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


18. “There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience. But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


19. “Our intellect does not draw its laws from nature, but it imposes its laws upon nature.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


20. “Look closely. The beautiful may be small.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


21. “Only the descent into the hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


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


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23. “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.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


24. “What might be said of things in themselves, separated from all relationship to our senses, remains for us absolutely unknown.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


25. “The death of dogma is the birth of morality.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


26. “If the truth shall kill them, let them die.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


27. “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding!” —  IMMANUEL KANT


28. “The greatest human quest is to know what one must do in order to become a human being.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


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


30. “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.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


31. “A person is only a person when it has the power to make sense of its surrounding.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


32. “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.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


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


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


35. “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.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


36. “Dignity is a value that creates irreplaceability.” —  IMMANUEL KANT



37.  “Freedom is the alone unoriginated birthright of man, and belongs to him by force of his humanity; and is independence on the will and co-action of every other in so far as this consists with every other person’s freedom.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


38. “Reason should investigate its own parameters before declaring its omniscience.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


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


40. “But a lie is a lie, and in itself intrinsically evil, whether it be told with good or bad intents.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


41. “Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


42. “The wise man can change his mind; the stubborn one, never.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


43. “Ours is an age of criticism, to which everything must be subjected. The sacredness of religion, and the authority of legislation, are by many regarded as grounds for exemption from the examination by this tribunal, But, if they are exempted, and cannot lay claim to sincere respect, which reason accords only to that which has stood the test of a free and public examination.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


44. “I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


45.  “Often war is waged only in order to show valor; thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, ‘War is an evil in as much as it produces more wicked men than it takes away.’” —  IMMANUEL KANT


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


47. “Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


48. “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe – the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


49. “Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


50. “The possession of power unavoidably spoils the free use of reason.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


51. “Dare to think!” —  IMMANUEL KANT


52. “It is not God’s will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.” —  IMMANUEL KANT


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