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I need to fact-check something for a book. The author says:

... to paraphrase Kant, “no fruit of the human tree has ever lacked for improvement.”

I can't find anything along these lines online in lists of Kant quotes.

Thanks so much!

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is asking for a quote. An answer to this question will not help in a better understanding of philosophy. – Keelan Jun 18 '15 at 13:40
  • I think if he said something like that, having the context around could be illimunitating. – James Kingsbery Jun 18 '15 at 14:21
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    It turns out to be a reference question. Most common version = "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made." (see en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Immanuel_Kant). It's from a relatively minor Kant work though I believe Allen Wood quotes it in Kant's Ethical Thought – virmaior Jun 18 '15 at 15:13
  • Welcome to Phil.SE! I've added a tag for reference-request to help make clear what kind of question this is. – Mozibur Ullah Jun 18 '15 at 15:49
  • "a good human being surpasses all our concepts, for how can an evil tree produce good fruit" books.google.com/… And I agree with Keelan, reference requests are fine only as long as long as they serve answering a philosophical question. – Conifold Jun 19 '15 at 2:39
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It turns out to be a reference question.

Most common version = "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made." (see https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Immanuel_Kant). It's from a relatively minor Kant work though I believe Allen Wood quotes it in Kant's Ethical Thought

There's also some things that reflect this sentiment in Anthropology and Religion within the Bounds of mere Reason, but the exact idea as you word it is not Kantian insofar as Kant thinks every human being has what they need to be moral -- and any inadequacy is incidental rather than endemic.

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