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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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence,
in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

Society is not a disease, it is a disaster.
What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
- 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

Word - that invisible dagger.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Universal view melts things into a blur.
- 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

Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated
we feel inferior to our victim.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

To venture upon an undertaking of any kind,
even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

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

Our first intuitions are the true ones.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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