Immanuel Kant

22 Apr 1724 // 12 Feb 1804


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The wish to talk to God is absurd. We cannot talk to one we cannot comprehend I and we cannot comprehend God; we can only believe in Him. The uses of prayer are thus only subjective
To be is to do
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life
Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason
Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness
Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck
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
It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge that begins with experience
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
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."