Immanuel Kant Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Immanuel Kant quotes, Immanuel Kant sayings, and Immanuel Kant proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Immanuel Kant

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

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

Immanuel Kant

Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind... The understanding can intuit nothing, the senses can think nothing. Only through their union can knowledge arise.     

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

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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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Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.     

Immanuel Kant

In law, a man is guilty when he violates the rights of another. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.     

Immanuel Kant

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

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

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

Immanuel Kant

If man is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practise kindness towards animals, for 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

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

The sum total of all possible knowledge of God is not possible for a human being, not even through a true revelation. But it is one of the worthiest inquiries to see how far our reason can go in the knowledge of God.     

Immanuel Kant

I believe that the existence of the Bible is the greatest benefit to the human race. Any attempt to belittle it, I believe, is a crime against humanity.     

Immanuel Kant

What are the aims which are at the same time duties? They are perfecting of ourselves, the happiness of others.     

Immanuel Kant

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

Immanuel Kant

The nice thing about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you're doing, someone else does.     

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Melancholy characterizes those with a superb sense of the sublime.     

Immanuel Kant

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

Human reason has this peculiar fate that in one species of its knowledge it is burdened by questions which, as prescribed by the very nature of reason itself, it is not able to ignore, but which, as transcending all its powers, it is also not able to answer.     

Immanuel Kant

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

Immanuel Kant

Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.     

Immanuel Kant

In the metaphysical elements of aesthetics the various nonmoral feelings are to be made use of; in the elements of moral metaphysics the various moral feelings of men, according to the differences in sex, age, education, and government, of races and climates, are to be employed.     

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

Immanuel Kant