Kant Quotes

March 29, 2012

Through his 3 Critiques (knowledge, ethics, aesthetic), Kant has definitely revolutionized the history of philosophy. It is undoubtly the greatest German philosopher.

Here are some notable quotes by Immanuel Kant

Kant and philosophy:

- “We learn not philosophy, we learn to philosophize”

- “The aim of philosophy is to think for oneself”

Kant and metaphysics:

- “What do I know? – What should I do? – What am I allowed to hope?”

- “We do not know a priori of things that we put ourselves”

Kant and Pure Reason:

- “The senses without reason are empty, but the reason is blind without sense”

- “We do not know a priori of things that we put”

- “The items must be paid on our knowledge”

Kant and the moral / practical reason:

- “This court feels that the man in him is consciousness”

- “Act as if the maxim of your action were to be erected by your will a universal law of nature”

- “So act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your person in the person of any other, always at the same time as an end and never merely as means”

- “Two things fill the mind with admiration and awe constant: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me

- “For the night always lie to others: even if it does not interfere with another man, it hurts to humanity in general and makes it pointless source of law”

- “Pure reason is practical in itself and gives the man a universal law that we call the moral law”

- “Have the courage to use you your own understanding”

Kant, morality and happiness:

- “Morality is not, strictly speaking, the doctrine which teaches us how we should make ourselves happy, but how we make ourselves worthy of happiness”

- “Happiness is an ideal of the imagination rather than reason”

- “Man can not be sure of a concept that amount of satisfaction he calls happiness”

- “The selfish spirit is one that sees no good what is useful”

Kant on morality:

Kant has clean hands, but he has no hands” (Péguy)

Kant and God:

- “The concept of God should fill the man of respect and therefore it should be used rarely and never lightly”

Kant and the imagination:

- “In darkness, the imagination works more actively in broad daylight”

- “Imagination is the pure representation of an absent object, but not yet incorporated”

- “Imagination is the empirical representation of an absent object that the subject has already established”

Kant and the social life (sociability):

- “I mean here by opposing the unsocial sociability of men, that is to say, their inclination to enter into society, which propensity is, however, coupled with a general repulsion to do, constantly threatening to break up this company”

- “Man wishes concord, but nature knows better than him what is good for its kind: she wants discord.”

- “Spring of Life: the unsocial sociability that drives people to compete, which prevents them from falling asleep in the calm of a limited existence”

Kant and the aesthetic:

- “Is beautiful that which pleases universally without a concept”

- “The beautiful is the symbol of moral good”

- “Taste is the faculty of judging an object or a mode of representation by the satisfaction or displeasure in a manner entirely disinterested. Is called the beautiful object of satisfaction”

Kant and women / marriage:

- “In marriage the woman becomes free, by himself, man loses his freedom”

Kant and stupidity:

- “Man obtuse lack of spirit, mind of the fool”