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

โ€” Immanuel Kant

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

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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.

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Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.

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

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Three things tell a man: his eyes, his friends and his favorite quotes

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

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Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty.

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Do the right thing because it is right.

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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

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A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I ever read besides.

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

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I shall never forget my mother, for it was she who planted and nurtured the first seeds of good within me. She opened my heart to the lasting impressions of nature; she awakened my understanding and extended my horizon and her percepts exerted an everlasting influence upon the course of my life.

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There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.

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About Immanuel Kant

Quotes 314 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.

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Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.

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

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Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.

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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.

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The wise man can change his mind; the stubborn one, never.

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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.

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THERE ARE TWO THINGS that don't have to mean anything, one is music and the other is laughter.

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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.

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A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose.

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It is never too late to become reasonable and wise.

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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.

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

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There is nothing higher than reason.

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Patience is the strength of the weak, impatience is the weakness of the strong.

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Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.

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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.

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If an offender has committed murder, he must die.

In this case, no possible substitute can satisfy justice. For there is no parallel between death and even the most miserable life, so that there is no equality of crime and retribution unless the perpetrator is judicially put to death.

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

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I am an investigator by inclination. I feel a great thirst for knowledge.

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The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.

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Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.

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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.

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It is presumed that there exists a great unity in nature, in respect of the adequacy of a single cause to account for many different kinds of consequences.

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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.'

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Ours is an age of criticism, to which everything must be subjected.

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

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

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Great minds think for themselves.

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It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy

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A society that is not willing to demand a life of somebody who has taken somebody elseโ€™s life is simply immoral.

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By a lie, a man...annihilates his dignity as a man.

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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.

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Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt

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Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.

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

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Freedom is independence of the compulsory will of another, and in so far as it tends to exist with the freedom of all according to a universal law, it is the one sole original inborn right belonging to every man in virtue of his humanity.

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