Anyone can take a false step And fall forever, Everyone is different. Where are they now, all those lost souls?
How immense the high sky is!
Happiness or misfortune are prescribed by law of Heaven, but their source comes from ourselves.
Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own intelligence!
The means employed by Nature to bring about the development of all the capacities of men is their antagonism in society, so far as this is, in the end, the cause of a lawful order among men.
An action is essentially good if the motive of the agent be good, regardless of the consequences.
Philosophy stands in need of a science which shall determine the possibility, principles, and extent of human knowledge Ã priori.
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind... The understanding can intuit nothing, the senses can think nothing. Only through their union can knowledge arise.
Our knowledge springs from two fundamental sources of the mind; the first is the capacity of receiving representations (receptivity for impressions), the second is the power of knowing an object through these representations (spontaneity [in the production] of concepts).
We find that the more a cultivated reason devotes itself to the aim of enjoying life and happiness, the further does man get away from true contentment.
God put a secret art into the forces of Nature so as to enable it to fashion itself out of chaos into a perfect world system.
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.
But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows.
With men, the state of nature is not a state of peace, but war.
The only thing permanent is change.
If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on.
***Three Conditions of Happiness*** If you have work to do If you have someone you love If You have hope Then You are Happy now!
The arts of speech are rhetoric and poetry. Rhetoric is the art of transacting a serious business of the understanding as if it were a free play of the imagination; poetry that of conducting a free play of the imagination as if it were a serious business of the understanding.
All natural capacities of a creature are destined to evolve completely to their natural end.
. . . 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
Beneficence is a duty.
This spirit of freedom is expanding even where it must struggle against the external obstacles of governments that misunderstand their own function. Such governments are illuminated by the example that the existence of freedom need not give cause for the least concern regarding public order and harm
Beneficence is a duty; and he who frequently practices it, and sees his benevolent intentions realized comes, at length, really to love him to whom he has done good.