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Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
by Alain de Botton

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many
philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
- Alain de Botton

Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level.
Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status:
for not showing them respect,
for humiliating them.
- Alain de Botton

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to
secure the respect and attention of people who would
otherwise look straight through us.
- Alain de Botton

 

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely,
given the numbers of books that were written because
authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
- Alain de Botton

I was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- Alain de Botton

What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.
- Alain de Botton

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I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you
can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage -
which no previous society has ever believed.
- Alain de Botton

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV,
and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life.
Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our
own projects and priorities -
and we should take care.
- Alain de Botton

I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts,
it's also how you say it - that the success of your
argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.
- Alain de Botton

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing.
It's always surprised me how little attention many
non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
- Alain de Botton

We are certainly influenced by role models,
and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people,
we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important -
just as in the Middle Ages,
people were surrounded by images of religious piety.
- Alain de Botton

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into
problems of envy and competition.
But all this is just in a day's work for a writer.
You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool.
Oh, well.
- Alain de Botton

The Arab-Israeli conflict is also in many ways a conflict about status:
it's a war between two peoples who feel deeply humiliated by the other,
who want the other to respect them.
Battles over status can be even more intractable than
those over land or water or oil.
- Alain de Botton

The Copernican revolution brought about by Kant was,
I think, the most important single turning point in
the history of philosophy.
- Bryan Magee

The trouble with Germans is not that they fire shells,
but that they engrave them with quotations from Kant.
- Karl Kraus

All praise to the masters indeed, but we too could
produce a Kant or a Hugo.
- Jose C. Orozco

You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to;
but you must share a joke with someone else.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Duty is for Kant the One and All.
Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims,
one has to defend and esteem the ancients;
and only out of duty has he become a great man.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The 'I think' which Kant said must be able to accompany all my objects,
is the 'I breathe' which actually does accompany them.
- William James

Kant introduced the concept of the negative into philosophy.
Would it not also be worthwhile to try to introduce
the concept of the positive into philosophy?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

No real blood flows in the veins of the knowing subject constructed by Locke,
Hume, and Kant, but rather the diluted extract of reason
as a mere activity of thought.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy,
but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
- Immanuel Kant

Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.
- Immanuel Kant

Always recognize that human individuals are ends,
and do not use them as means to your end.
- Immanuel Kant

Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is
made nothing entirely straight can be carved.
- 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

Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.
- Immanuel Kant

The other aspect of idealism is the one which gives
us our notion of the absolute Self.
To it the first is only preparatory.
This second aspect is the one which from Kant,
until the present time, has formed the deeper problem of thought.
- Josiah Royce

Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.
- 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

Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
- 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

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without
experience is mere intellectual play.
- Immanuel Kant

I had therefore to remove knowledge,
in order to make room for belief.
- Immanuel Kant

A categorical imperative would be one which represented
an action as objectively necessary in itself,
without reference to any other purpose.
- 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

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

But although all our knowledge begins with experience,
it does not follow that it arises from experience.
- Immanuel Kant

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.'
- Immanuel Kant

May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions
were to become universal law.
- Immanuel Kant

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

Happiness is not an ideal of reason,
but of imagination.
- Immanuel Kant

What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?
- Immanuel Kant

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

By a lie, a man...
annihilates his dignity as a man.
- Immanuel Kant

It is not God's will merely that we should be happy,
but that we should make ourselves happy.
- Immanuel Kant

From such crooked wood as that which man is made of,
nothing straight can be fashioned.
- Immanuel Kant

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
- Immanuel Kant

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

Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.
- 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

Well, I don't know if I can comment on Kant or Hegel
because I'm no real philosopher in the sense of knowing
what these people have said in any detail so let me
not comment on that too much.
- Roger Penrose

Act that your principle of action might safely be made
a law for the whole world.
- Immanuel Kant

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?
- Immanuel Kant

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge that begins with experience.
- Immanuel Kant

Intuition and concepts constitute...
the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither
concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them,
nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.
- Immanuel Kant

The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil.
For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired
according to a principle of reason;
by the latter one necessarily shunned,
also according to a principle of reason.
- 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

At the present moment, the security of coherent philosophy,
which existed from Parmenides to Hegel,
is lost.
- Karl Jaspers

Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Indeed the three prophecies about the death of individual art are,
in their different ways, those of Hegel,
Marx, and Freud.
I don't see any way of getting beyond those prophecies.
- Harold Bloom

Governments have never learned anything from history,
or acted on principles deducted from it.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Animals are in possession of themselves;
their soul is in possession of their body.
But they have no right to their life,
because they do not will it.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The learner always begins by finding fault,
but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

An idea is always a generalization, and generalization
is a property of thinking.
To generalize means to think.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

It was also Hegel who established the view that the
different philosophic systems that we find in history
are to be comprehended in terms of development and
that they are generally one-sided because they owe
their origins to a reaction against what has gone before.
- Walter Kaufmann

To him who looks upon the world rationally,
the world in its turn presents a rational aspect.
The relation is mutual.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

When Hegel later became a man of influence' he insisted
that the Jews should be granted equal rights because
civic rights belong to man because he is a man and
not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion.
- Walter Kaufmann

World history is a court of judgment.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


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