Posted by Joseph Knippenberg
Yesterday was Immanuel Kant’s birthday. He presided over nothing and wrote a (very) few passages that approached poetry, but apparently was quite charming in person. His fellow Koenigsbergers called him "der schoene Magister."
My favorite anecdote about Kant - may be a tall tale - is that he helped finance his university studies by winning at billiards.
I began most days at Villanova in the billiards room. I knew the guy who was opening up, I'd get in two to three hours before class.
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