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Imagination is a powerful agent for creating, as it were, a second nature out of the material supplied to it by actual nature.
—  Immanuel Kant
... as to moral feeling, this supposed special sense, the appeal to it is indeed superficial when those who cannot think believe that feeling will help them out, even in what concerns general laws: and besides, feelings which naturally differ infinitely in degree cannot furnish a uniform standard of good and evil, nor has any one a right to form judgments for others by his own feelings.
—  Immanuel Kant
God, freedom, and immortality are untenable in the light of pure reason.
—  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
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
Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
—  Immanuel Kant
All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas.
—  Immanuel Kant
All thought must, directly or indirectly, by way of certain characters, relate ultimately to intuitions, and therefore, with us, to sensibility, because in no other way can an object be given to us.
—  Immanuel Kant
Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public.
—  Immanuel Kant
But where only a free play of our presentational powers is to be sustained as in the case of pleasure gardens, room decoration, all sorts of useful utensils, and so on, any regularity that has an air of constraint is to be avoided as much as possible. That is why the English taste in gardens, or the baroque taste in furniture, carries the imagination's freedom very far, even to the verge of the grotesque, because it is precisely this divorce from any constraint of a rule that the case is posited where taste can show its greatest perfection in designs made by the imagination.
—  Immanuel Kant
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.
—  Immanuel Kant
Suicide is not abominable because God prohibits it; God prohibits it because it is abominable.
—  Immanuel Kant
Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law.
—  Immanuel Kant
The business of philosophy is not to give rules, but to analyze the private judgments of common reason.
—  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
The science of mathematics presents the most brilliant example of how pure reason may successfully enlarge its domain without the aid of experience.
—  Immanuel Kant
Act so as to use humanity, yourself and others, always as an end and never as a means to an end.
—  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
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
—  Immanuel Kant
The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more conscious we are of life.
—  Immanuel Kant
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.
—  Immanuel Kant
The universal and lasting establishment of peace constitutes not merely a part, but the whole final purpose and end of the science of right as viewed within the limits of reason.
—  Immanuel Kant
We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.
—  Immanuel Kant
With men, the state of nature is not a state of peace, but war.
—  Immanuel Kant
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.
—  Immanuel Kant
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.
—  Immanuel Kant
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; ere long she shall appear to vindicate thee.
—  Immanuel Kant

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