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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: German
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May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.

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What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?

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

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So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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By a lie, a man... annihilates his dignity as a man.

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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.

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All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.

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

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

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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

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Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.

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

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To be is to do.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.'

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Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.

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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?

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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.

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

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

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

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A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.

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The boomers' biggest impact will be on eliminating the term 'retirement' and inventing a new stage of life... the new career arc.

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Power is the ability to get things done.

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I've found that small wins, small projects, small differences often make huge differences.

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I was determined to achieve the total freedom that our history lessons taught us we were entitled to, no matter what the sacrifice.

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Leaders must wake people out of inertia. They must get people excited about something they've never seen before, something that does not yet exist.

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Cheap labor is not going to be the way we compete in the United States. It's going to be brain power.

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A great idea is not enough.

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Companies used to be able to function with autocratic bosses. We don't live in that world anymore.

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'No' is always an easier stand than 'Yes.'

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To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.

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Ambivalence about family responsibilities has a long history in the corporate world.

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Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.

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One of the symptoms of a losing streak is a turnover of top executives. It's a revolving door.

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The goal of winning is not losing two times in a row.

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Too many people let others stand in their way and don't go back for one more try.

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I've been looking at companies that are on a positive path vs. a negative path and I've come to use the language of sports, winning streaks and losing streaks.

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Leaders must pick causes they won't abandon easily, remain committed despite setbacks, and communicate their big ideas over and over again in every encounter.

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The commune movement is part of a reawakening of belief in the possibilities for utopia that existed in the nineteenth century and exist again today, a belief that by creating the right social institution, human satisfaction and growth can be achieved.

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The Martha Stewart trial makes clear how far women have risen in the business world. America can be proud of our equal-opportunity prosecution and conviction.

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If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren't really there.

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I think most non-Christians who try to be good people are probably better Christians than Christians.

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You can't plan for the future, because some guy's going to land in a spaceship with three heads and a big beak and take over everything.

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You couldn't have fed the '50s into a computer and come out with the '60s.

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It's a lot of random situations that combine in a certain volatile form and create a bigger-than- the-whole situation that nobody could have predicted.

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Compared to what they were, rock concerts now are like business meetings.

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I believe the Rolling Stones wanted to play in Golden Gate Park.

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I don't blame it on the Hell's Angels. I blame it on the people who were there.

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I wouldn't have expected an audience of ours to burn down our equipment.

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Maintain yourself and everything maintains itself around you.

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One of the main things we learned as a band in those days was not to be the headliner.

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The '80s seem a real positive force. The '70s were deadening, in a lot of ways.

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The starship thing is really political action and reaction, the natural outgrowth of Volunteers.

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The studio scene in California is sort of ridiculous anyway.

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We printed all the words out because otherwise nobody would be able to understand them.

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We're giving RCA another record, and that should finish them.

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What we're saying now is you have a choice: You can stay, or you can go away.

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When we toured... I was hungry to take out people like Jeff Beck in front of us; Fleetwood Mac, just before they hit; Heart, just before they hit.

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You can't just sit around and make protest albums all your life; eventually it comes to the point where you have to do something.

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Correcting it, I don't know; just shedding the light of day on it is a first major step, being one of the earliest generations not to just accept the words.

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I was raised by the Christian Brothers, who believe in that, fortunately. They were, to me, the most rebellious arm of the Catholic Church - and one of the most liberal and forward thinking.

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Then you get to be involved with all the people, meet all the beautiful girls, get all the good food, get ready and locked in before all the crowds hit.

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There's that thing about the '80s, the '40s and the '60s, and the '30s, the '50s and the '70s. Something about those odd decades in this century that weren't too pleasant.

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