Immanuel Kant

influential German idealist philosopher (1724-1804)

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Have patience awhile slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.
All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?
From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.
From timber so crooked as that from which man is carved, nothing entirely straight can be made.
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.
Intuition and concepts constitute... the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.
It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy
May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law.
Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.
Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
Ours is an age of criticism, to which everything must be subjected. The sacredness of religion, and the authority of legislation, are by many regarded as grounds for exemption from the examination by this tribunal, But, if they are exempted, and cannot lay claim to sincere respect, which reason accords only to that which has stood the test of a free and public examination.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
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.
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
That all our knowledge begins with experience, there is indeed no doubt....but although our knowledge originates WITH experience, it does not all arise OUT OF experience.
The history of the human race, viewed as a whole may be regarded as the realization of a hidden plan of nature to bring about a political constitution, internally, and for this purpose, also externally perfect, as the only state in which all the capacities implanted by her in mankind can be fully developed.
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe...

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