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Emile M. Cioran quotes: Life is merely a fracas on an unmapped terrain, and the universe a geometry stricken with epilepsy. Life is merely a fracas on an unmapped terrain, and the universe a geometry stricken with epilepsy.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: We inhabit a language rather than a country. We inhabit a language rather than a country.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: A self-respecting man is a man without a country. A fatherland is birdlime ... A self-respecting man is a man without a country. A fatherland is birdlime ...
Emile M. Cioran quotes: All great ideas should be followed by an exclamation mark - a warning signal similar to the skull and crossbones drawn on high-voltage transformers. All great ideas should be followed by an exclamation mark - a warning signal similar to the skull and crossbones drawn on high-voltage transformers.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion. For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Illusion begets and sustains the world; we do not destroy one without destroying the other. Illusion begets and sustains the world; we do not destroy one without destroying the other.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: We define only out of despair, we must have a formula ... to give a facade tot he void. We define only out of despair, we must have a formula ... to give a facade tot he void.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary. In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all. Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: To Live signifies to believe and hope - to lie and to lie to oneself. To Live signifies to believe and hope - to lie and to lie to oneself.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: All philosophers should end their days at Pythia's feet. There is only one philosophy, that of unique moments. All philosophers should end their days at Pythia's feet. There is only one philosophy, that of unique moments.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: An individual dies ... when, instead of taking risks and hurling himself toward being, he cowers within, and takes refuge there. An individual dies ... when, instead of taking risks and hurling himself toward being, he cowers within, and takes refuge there.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten. To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: To Foreswear vengeance is to chain oneself to forgiveness, to flounder in pardon, to be tainted by the hatred smothered within. To Foreswear vengeance is to chain oneself to forgiveness, to flounder in pardon, to be tainted by the hatred smothered within.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: To defy heredity is to defy billions of years, to defy the first cell To defy heredity is to defy billions of years, to defy the first cell
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Normal people have nothing to forget. Normal people have nothing to forget.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: One doesn't live in a country, one lives in a language. One doesn't live in a country, one lives in a language.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Melancholy redeems this universe, and yet it is melancholy that separates us from it. Melancholy redeems this universe, and yet it is melancholy that separates us from it.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: What pride to discover that nothing belongs to you - what a revelation. What pride to discover that nothing belongs to you - what a revelation.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in. Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: No one can keep his griefs in their prime; they use themselves up. No one can keep his griefs in their prime; they use themselves up.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Lucidity's task: to attain a correct despair, an Olympian ferocity. Lucidity's task: to attain a correct despair, an Olympian ferocity.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed. A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: I don't understand how people can believe in God, even when I myself think of him everyday. I don't understand how people can believe in God, even when I myself think of him everyday.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Let us not be needlessly bitter: certain failures are sometimes fruitful. Let us not be needlessly bitter: certain failures are sometimes fruitful.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: To hope is to contradict the future. To hope is to contradict the future.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: In the hours without sleep, each moment is so full and so vacant that it suggests itself as a rival of Time. In the hours without sleep, each moment is so full and so vacant that it suggests itself as a rival of Time.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves. When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary, incomplete, and inopportune. We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary, incomplete, and inopportune.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Never to have occasion to take a position, to make up one's mind, or to define oneself - there is no wish I make more often. Never to have occasion to take a position, to make up one's mind, or to define oneself - there is no wish I make more often.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Reality is a creation of our excesses. Reality is a creation of our excesses.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other. One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Utopia is a mixture of childish rationalism and secularized angelism. Utopia is a mixture of childish rationalism and secularized angelism.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: "The Holy Ghost," Luther instructs us, "is not a skeptic." Not everyone can be, and that is really too bad. "The Holy Ghost," Luther instructs us, "is not a skeptic." Not everyone can be, and that is really too bad.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Trees are massacred, houses go up - faces, faces everywhere. Man is spreading. Man is the cancer of the earth. Trees are massacred, houses go up - faces, faces everywhere. Man is spreading. Man is the cancer of the earth.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation. Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion. Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: If we had the courage to confront the doubts we timidly conceive about ourselves, none of us would utter an 'I' without shame. If we had the courage to confront the doubts we timidly conceive about ourselves, none of us would utter an 'I' without shame.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Nothing proves that we are more than nothing. Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us. We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Society: an inferno of saviors! Society: an inferno of saviors!
Emile M. Cioran quotes: He who hates himself is not humble. He who hates himself is not humble.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: We must suffer to the end, to the moment when we stop believing in suffering. We must suffer to the end, to the moment when we stop believing in suffering.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: History is nothing but a procession of false Absolutes, a series of temples raised to pretexts, a degradation of the mind before the Improbable. History is nothing but a procession of false Absolutes, a series of temples raised to pretexts, a degradation of the mind before the Improbable.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: The amount of chiaroscuro an idea harbors is the only index of its profundity. The amount of chiaroscuro an idea harbors is the only index of its profundity.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Pursued by our origins ... we all are. Pursued by our origins ... we all are.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Democracy: a festival of mediocrity. Democracy: a festival of mediocrity.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter. Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Tragic paradox of freedom: the mediocre men who alone make its exercise possible cannot guarantee its duration. Tragic paradox of freedom: the mediocre men who alone make its exercise possible cannot guarantee its duration.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: What a pity that 'nothingness' has been devalued by an abuse of it made by philosophers unworthy of it! What a pity that 'nothingness' has been devalued by an abuse of it made by philosophers unworthy of it!
Emile M. Cioran quotes: To act is to anchor in an imminent future, so imminent it becomes almost tangible; to act is to feel you are consubstantial with that future. To act is to anchor in an imminent future, so imminent it becomes almost tangible; to act is to feel you are consubstantial with that future.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Old age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived. Old age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices. If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls. Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers. My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: So long as man is protected by madness - he functions - and flourishes. So long as man is protected by madness - he functions - and flourishes.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: To live ... in any sense of the word ... is to reject others; to accept them, one must renounce, do oneself violence. To live ... in any sense of the word ... is to reject others; to accept them, one must renounce, do oneself violence.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Boredom dismantles the mind, renders it superficial, out at the seams, saps it from within and dislocates it. Boredom dismantles the mind, renders it superficial, out at the seams, saps it from within and dislocates it.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Where are my sensations? They have melted into ... me, and what is this me, this self, but the sum of these evaporated sensations? Where are my sensations? They have melted into ... me, and what is this me, this self, but the sum of these evaporated sensations?
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Humanity adores only those who cause it to perish. Humanity adores only those who cause it to perish.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say: "I want to be praised." If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say: "I want to be praised."
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves. Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Discretion is deadly to genius; ruinous to talent. Discretion is deadly to genius; ruinous to talent.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Every form of talent involves a certain shameless-ness. Every form of talent involves a certain shameless-ness.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: The Universal view melts things into a blur. The Universal view melts things into a blur.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy. To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty. Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.
Emile M. Cioran quotes: The wise man, the sage, is hostile to the new. Disabused, he abdicates: that is his form of protest. The wise man, the sage, is hostile to the new. Disabused, he abdicates: that is his form of protest.