Work, which makes a man free, and thought, which makes him worthy of freedom.
If you are leaving that sorrowful place with hate and anger against men, you are worthy of compassion; if you leave it with good will, gentleness and peace, you are better than any of us.
If it were (Is it not) outrageous that society should treat with such rigid precision those of its members who were most poorly endowed in the distribution or wealth that chance had made, and who were, therefore, most worthy of indulgence.
Animals... are there merely as a means to an end. That end is man.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
We assume a common sense as the necessary condition of the universal communicability of our knowledge, which is presupposed in every logic and every principle of knowledge that is not one of skepticism.
You only know me as you see me, not as I actually am
Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
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?
The function of the true state is to impose the minimum restrictions and safeguard the maximum liberties of the people, and it never regards the person as a thing.
An action is essentially good if the motive of the agent be good, regardless of the consequences.
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.
Freedom is the alone unoriginated birthright of man, and belongs to him by force of his humanity; and is independence on the will and co-action of every other in so far as this consists with every other person's freedom.
May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law. Immanuel
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind. Immanuel Kan
Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me. Immanuel Kan
There is needed, no doubt, a body of servants (ministerium) of the invisible church, but not officials (officiales), in other words, teachers but not dignitaries, because in the rational religion of every individual there does not yet exist a church as a universal union (omnitudo collectiva).
To be is to do.
Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.
Maximum individuality within maximum community
Nature, when left to universal laws, tends to produce regularity out of chaos.