quote by Oriana Fallaci

There are moments in Life when keeping silent becomes a fault, and speaking an obligation. A civic duty, a moral challenge, a categorical imperative from which we cannot escape.

— Oriana Fallaci

Proven Categorical Imperative quotations

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


There is nothing higher than reason.

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.

After the end of the Second World War it was a categorical imperative for us to declare that we renounced war forever in a central article of the new Constitution.

God's command 'Go ye, and preach the gospel to every creature' was the categorical imperative. The question of personal safety was wholly irrelevant.


Poetry is an ethic. By ethic I mean a secret code of behavior, a discipline constructed and conducted according to the capabilities of a man who rejects the falsifications of the categorical imperative.

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

All our knowledge begins with the senses...

There is, therefore, only one categorical imperative.

It is: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.

If you say morality is just what you like, you lose the metaphysical level of what in the history of philosophy is called 'categorical imperative.'


There is only one categorical imperative in golf, and that is to hit the ball.

There are no minor absolutes.

Morality, after all, has nothing to do with selflessness.

On the contrary, self-interest is precisely the basis of the categorical imperative.

When neither high purpose nor the categorical imperatives of religion will do, the only argument against suicide is life itself. You pause and attend: the heart beats in your chest; outside, the trees are thick with new leaves, a swallow dips over them, the light moves, people are going about their business.