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Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter. ...
by Emile M. Cioran

Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.
- Emile M. Cioran

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
- Emile M. Cioran

It is not worth the bother of killing yourself,
since you always kill yourself too late.
- Emile M. Cioran

Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.
- Emile M. Cioran

 

I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.
- Emile M. Cioran

Truths begin by a conflict with the police -
and end by calling them in.
- Emile M. Cioran

Our first intuitions are the true ones.
- Emile M. Cioran

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We define only out of despair, we must have a formula...
to give a facade tot he void.
- Emile M. Cioran

Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist
must be the most irrational of all.
- Emile M. Cioran

Under each formula lies a corpse.
- Emile M. Cioran

No one recovers from the disease of being born,
a deadly wound if there ever was one.
- Emile M. Cioran

Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite,
and an accomplishment.
- Emile M. Cioran

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly
brings us back to essentials:
it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
- Emile M. Cioran

By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.
- Emile M. Cioran

The Universal view melts things into a blur.
- Emile M. Cioran

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream,
the butcher's the poet's equal there.
- Emile M. Cioran

Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows,
against all he knows.
- Emile M. Cioran

Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
- Emile M. Cioran

We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.
- Emile M. Cioran

Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand
others but to understand ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran

A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at
once a nation's paradise and its tomb.
- Emile M. Cioran

To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
- Emile M. Cioran

Imaginary pains are by far the most real we suffer,
since we feel a constant need for them and invent them
because there is no way of doing without them.
- Emile M. Cioran

God - a disease we imagine we are cured of because
no one dies of it nowadays.
- Emile M. Cioran

Consciousness is much more than the thorn,
it is the dagger in the flesh.
- Emile M. Cioran

Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.
- Emile M. Cioran

Life inspires more dread than death -
it is life which is the great unknown.
- Emile M. Cioran

For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything,
for us who do, it is merely an illusion.
- Emile M. Cioran

I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual.
- Emile M. Cioran

Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.
- Emile M. Cioran

My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn.
How comfortable one is among murderers.
- Emile M. Cioran

When we cannot be delivered from ourselves,
we delight in devouring ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran

Speech and silence.
We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one
who cannot open his mouth.
- Emile M. Cioran

We die in proportion to the words we fling around us.
- Emile M. Cioran

Progress is the injustice each generation commits with
regard to its predecessors.
- Emile M. Cioran

One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language.
That is our country, our fatherland -
and no other.
- Emile M. Cioran

We inhabit a language rather than a country.
- Emile M. Cioran

Impossible to spend sleepless nights and accomplish anything:
if,
in my youth, my parents had not financed my insomnias,
I should surely have killed myself.
- Emile M. Cioran

If, at the limit, you can rule without crime,
you cannot do so without injustices.
- Emile M. Cioran

Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.
- Emile M. Cioran

No one can enjoy freedom without trembling.
- Emile M. Cioran

In a republic, that paradise of debility,
the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.
- Emile M. Cioran

Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation,
versatility, and shamelessness.
- Emile M. Cioran

We are born to Exist, not to know, to be,
not to assert ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran

Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell,
synthesis of poison and panacea.
- Emile M. Cioran

I'm simply an accident.
Why take it all so seriously?
- Emile M. Cioran

Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.
- Emile M. Cioran

To Live signifies to believe and hope -
to lie and to lie to oneself.
- Emile M. Cioran

Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui.
- Emile M. Cioran

What pride to discover that nothing belongs to you -
what a revelation.
- Emile M. Cioran

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned,
Chaos is being yourself.
- Emile M. Cioran

Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner
diminution of which we are not immediately conscious.
- Emile M. Cioran

Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
- Emile M. Cioran

So long as man is protected by madness -
he functions -
and flourishes.
- Emile M. Cioran

Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
- Emile M. Cioran

Negation is the mind's first freedom,
yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we
exert ourselves to overcome it,
adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.
- Emile M. Cioran

One hardly saves a world without ruling it.
- Emile M. Cioran

A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas
and theories as of obsessions.
- Emile M. Cioran

A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.
- Emile M. Cioran

Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
- Emile M. Cioran

The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.
- Emile M. Cioran

There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
- Emile M. Cioran

In order to have the stuff of a tyrant,
a certain mental derangement is necessary.
- Emile M. Cioran

Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose
heads haven't been cut off.
- Emile M. Cioran

The more we try to rest ourselves from our Egos,
the deeper we sink into it.
- Emile M. Cioran

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
- Emile M. Cioran

The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.
- Emile M. Cioran

Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave,
but almost always the oppressor turned slave.
- Emile M. Cioran

Write books only if you are going to say in them the
things you would never dare confide to anyone.
- Emile M. Cioran

We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary,
incomplete, and inopportune.
- Emile M. Cioran

Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity
to kill or to kill ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran


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