Immanuel Kant Quotes




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.Immanuel Kant

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

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.Immanuel Kant

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.Immanuel Kant

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

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

It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honourably.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

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




I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.Immanuel Kant

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

To be is to do.Immanuel Kant

May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law.Immanuel Kant

Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.Immanuel Kant

Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: ‘War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.’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

It is not God’s will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.Immanuel Kant

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

What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?Immanuel Kant

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

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

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

Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.Immanuel Kant

By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man.Immanuel Kant