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.

Skepticism is thus a resting place for human reason, where it can reflect upon its dogmatic wanderings and make survey of the region in which it finds itself, so that for the future it may be able to choose its path with more certainty. But it is no dwelling place for permanent settlement. Such can be obtained only through perfect certainty in our knowledge, alike of the objects themselves and of the limits within which all our knowledge of objects is enclosed. Immanuel Kant
The inscrutable wisdom through which we exist is not less worthy of veneration in respect to what it denies us than in respect to what it has granted. Immanuel Kant
Good and strong will. Mechanism must precede science (learning). Also in morals and religion? Too much discipline makes one narrow and kills proficiency. Politeness belongs, not to discipline, but to polish, and thus comes last. Immanuel Kant
Man's greatest concern is to know how he shall properly fill his place in the universe and correctly understand what he must be in order to be a man. Immanuel Kant
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. Immanuel Kant
One who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him. Immanuel Kant
Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason. Immanuel Kant
Anarchy is law and freedom without force. Despotism is law and force without freedom. Barbarism force without freedom and law. Republicanism is force with freedom and law. Immanuel Kant
When a thoughtful human being has overcome incentives to vice and is aware of having done his bitter duty, he finds himself in a state that could be called happiness, a state of contentment and peace of mind in which virtue is its own reward. Immanuel Kant
All appearances are real and negatio; sophistical: All reality must be sensation. Immanuel Kant
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. Immanuel Kant
The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason. Immanuel Kant
Sincerity is the indispensable ground of all conscientiousness, and by consequence of all heartfelt religion. 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
The death of dogma is the birth of morality. Immanuel Kant
It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience. Immanuel Kant
Fallacious and misleading arguments are most easily detected if set out in correct syllogistic form. Immanuel Kant
Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it. Immanuel Kant
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. Immanuel Kant
We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without. 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
All perception is colored by emotion. Immanuel Kant
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. Immanuel Kant
Space, therefore, cannot exist absolutely (by itself) as something determining the existence of things, because it is no object, but only the form of possible objects. Immanuel Kant
Space in general, as an a priori condition of the possibility of phenomena, the whole world of sense vanishes, which alone forms the object of our enquiry. Immanuel Kant
Thinking in pictures precedes thinking in words. Immanuel Kant
I am never to act otherwise than so that I could also will that my maxim should become a universal law. Immanuel Kant
The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live. Immanuel Kant
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. Immanuel Kant
Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. Immanuel Kant