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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life
It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.
What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?
I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.
Everything in nature acts in conformity with law.
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.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
The enjoyment of power inevitably corrupts the judgement of reason, and perverts its liberty.
The people naturally adhere most to doctrines which demand the least self-exertion and the least use of their own reason, and which can best accommodate their duties to their inclinations.
Laughter is an affect resulting from the sudden transformation of a heightened expectation into nothing.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end.
But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.
Treat people as an end, and never as a means to an end
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.
We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.
But, though all our knowledge begins with experience, it by no means follows that all arises out of experience.
...[P]hysics... [is] the philosophy of nature, so far as it is based on empirical laws.
The main point of enlightenment is man's release from his self-caused immaturity, primarily in matters of religion.
Only the descent into the hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness.
The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
Settle, for sure and universally, what conduct will promote the happiness of a rational being.
...[T]o be unfaithful to my maxim of prudence may often be very advantageous to me, although to abide by it is certainly safer.
The touchstone of everything that can be concluded as a law for a people lies in the question whether the people could have imposed such a law on itself.
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?
In every department of physical science there is only so much science, properly so-called, as there is mathematics.
The whole interest of my reason, whether speculative or practical, is concentrated in the three following questions: What can I know? What should I do? What may I hope? (Critique of Pure Reason
But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows.
Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.'
Innocence is a splendid thing, only it has the misfortune not to keep very well and to be easily misled.
El sabio puede cambiar de opinión. El necio, nunca.
It is impossible to conceive anything at all in the world, or even out of it, which can be taken as good without qualification, except a good will.
The desire of a man for a woman is not directed at her because she is a human being but because she is a woman. That she is a human being is of no concern to him.
He who would know the world must first manufacture it.
The true religion is to be posited not in the knowledge or confession of what God allegedly does or has done for our salvation, but in what we must do to become worthy of this.
One who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him.
In all judgements by which we describe anything as beautiful, we allow no one to be of another opinion.
Without man and his potential for moral progress, the whole of reality would be a mere wilderness, a thing in vain, and have no final purpose.
Give me matter, and I will construct a world out of it!
...I am never to act otherwise than so that I could also will that my maxim should become universal law.
From the crooked timber of humanity, a straight board cannot be hewn.
...[H]uman reason in its pure use, so long as it was not critically examined, has first tried all possible wrong ways before it succeeded in finding the one true way.
Dignity is a value that creates irreplaceability.
The death of dogma is the birth of reality.
Simply to acquiesce in skepticism can never suffice to overcome the restlessness of reason.