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Emile M. Cioran Quotes and Sayings

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Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?
- Emile M. Cioran

What does the future, that half of time,
matter to the man who is infatuated with eternity?
- Emile M. Cioran

A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate.
- Emile M. Cioran

You are done for - a living dead man -
not when you stop loving but stop hating.
Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry,
resides the mystery of life.
- Emile M. Cioran

 

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

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

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

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Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

Everything is pathology, except for indifference.
- Emile M. Cioran

In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there
is a little more evil in the world.
- Emile M. Cioran

The desire to die was my one and only concern;
to it I have sacrificed everything,
even death.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

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

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

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

The limit of every pain is an even greater pain.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glory - once achieved, what is it worth?
- Emile M. Cioran

The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the
man who can neither live nor die,
and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live -
moreover,
the only one.
- 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

The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea,
he can just as well get himself killed for one;
in either case,
tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

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

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

Tolerance - the function of an extinguished ardor -
tolerance cannot seduce the young.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word - that invisible dagger.
- Emile M. Cioran

What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name -
and moving on.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

If we could see ourselves as others see us,
we would vanish on the spot.
- 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

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

Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
- 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

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
- Emile M. Cioran

We would not be interested in human beings if we did
not have the hope of someday meeting someone worse off than ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran

We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
- Emile M. Cioran

To act is to anchor in the imminent future.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.
- Emile M. Cioran

A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

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

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

It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other.
- Emile M. Cioran

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


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