Thursday, April 22, 2010

Meandering in the stacks . . .

Today is the birthday of Immanuel Kant (April 22, 1724 – February 12, 1804), philosopher, professor of logic and metaphysics. He is best known for his work, The Critique of Pure Reason.

"If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on." - Immanuel Kant

"I have no knowledge of myself as I am, but merely as I appear to myself." - 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

"Every man is to be respected as an absolute end in himself: and it is a crime against the dignity that belongs to him as a human being, to use him as a mere means for some external purpose." - Immanuel Kant

"Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another." - Immanuel Kant

"Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck." - Immanuel Kant

"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." - Immanuel Kant

"There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience." - Immanuel Kant

"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life." - Immanuel Kant

"Everything in nature acts in conformity with law." - Immanuel Kant

"To be is to do." - Immanuel Kant

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