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Emil Cioran (Philosopher)

Romanian title: Pe culmile disper
Emil Cioran man
I am displeased with everything. If they made me , I would immediately resign.
Emil Cioran media
Romanian title: Cartea am
Emil Cioran art
No one should forget: Eros alone can fulfill life; knowledge, never. Only Eros makes sense; knowledge is empty infinity;––for thoughts, there is always time; life has its time; there is no thought that comes too late; any desire can become a regret.
Emil Cioran life
All the concessions we make to Eros are holes in our desire for the absolute.
Emil Cioran desire
The reaction against your own thought in itself lends life to thought. How this reaction is born is hard to describe, because it identifies with the very rare intellectual tragedies. ––The tension, the degree and level of intensity of a thought proceeds from its internal antinomies, which in turn are derived from the unsolvable contradictions of a soul. Thought cannot solve the contradictions of the soul. As far as linear thinking is concerned, thoughts mirror themselves in other thoughts, instead of mirroring a destiny.
Emil Cioran life
A regret understood by no one: the regret to be a pessimist. It’s not easy to be on the wrong foot with life
Emil Cioran life
I don’t understand how people can believe in God, even when I myself think of him everyday.
Emil Cioran people
The fear of your own solitude, of its vast surface and its infinity… Remorse is the voice of solitude. And what does this whispering voice say? Everything in us that is not human anymore.
Emil Cioran fear
To withstand any truth…
Emil Cioran truth
All philosophers should end their days at Pythia’s feet. There is only one philosophy, that of unique moments.
Emil Cioran philosophy
That fear which gives birth to thoughts, and the fear of thoughts…
Emil Cioran fear
To detach yourself elegantly from the world; to give contour and grace to sadness; a solitude in style; a walk that gives cadence to memories; stepping towards the intangible; with the breath in the trembling margins of things; the past reborn in the overflow of fragrances; the smell, through which we conquer time; the contour of the invisible things; the forms of the immaterial; to deepen yourself in the intangible; to touch the world airborne by smell; aerial dialogue and gliding dissolution; to bathe in your own reflecting fragmentation…
Emil Cioran war
Detachment from the world as an attachment to the ego… Who can realize the detachment in which you are as far away from yourself as you are from the world?
Emil Cioran men
Only thoughts that are randomly born die. The other thoughts we carry with us without knowing them. They have abandoned themselves to forgetfulness so that they can be with us all the time.
Emil Cioran time
What am I other than a chance in the infinite probabilities of not having been!
Emil Cioran chance
Romanian title: Lacrimi
Emil Cioran man
French title: Pr
Emil Cioran
Thought is as much a lie as love or faith.
Emil Cioran love
Ideas should be neutral. But man animates them with his passions and folly. Impure and turned into beliefs, they take on the appearance of reality. The passage from logic is consummated. Thus are born ideologies, doctrines, and bloody farce.
Emil Cioran reality
Society: an inferno of saviors!
Emil Cioran society
I feel safer with athan with a .
Emil Cioran wit
In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world.
Emil Cioran world
What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name — and moving on.
Emil Cioran giving
Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
Emil Cioran live
Under each formula lies a corpse.
Emil Cioran lies
Life inspires more dread than death — it is life which is the great unknown.
Emil Cioran life
We change ideas like neckties.
Emil Cioran change
Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.
Emil Cioran time
Reality is a creation of our excesses.
Emil Cioran creation
Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui.
Emil Cioran self
Each of us is born with a share of purity, predestined to be corrupted by our commerce with mankind, by that sin against solitude.
Emil Cioran man
We die in proportion to the words we fling around us.
Emil Cioran words
Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an impostor.
Emil Cioran
Life is merely a fracas on an unmapped terrain, and the universe a geometry stricken with epilepsy.
Emil Cioran universe
Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.
Emil Cioran imagination
Chaos is rejecting all you have learned. Chaos is being yourself.
Emil Cioran self
Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.
Emil Cioran art
By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.
Emil Cioran world
Philosophy: impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.
Emil Cioran ideas
We define only out of despair, we must have a formula... to give a facade to the void.
Emil Cioran despair
Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.
Emil Cioran
We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.
Emil Cioran possible
So long as man is protected by madness he functions and flourishes, but when he frees himself from the fruitful tyranny of fixed ideas, he is lost, ruined.
Emil Cioran self
The universal view melts things into a blur.
Emil Cioran
Truths begin by a conflict with the police — and end by calling them in.
Emil Cioran conflict
At different degrees, everything is pathology, except for indifference.
Emil Cioran path
Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.
Emil Cioran belief
To Live signifies to believe and hope — to lie and to lie to oneself.
Emil Cioran hope
We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.
Emil Cioran read
It is because we are all impostors that we endure each other. The man who does not consent to lie will see the Earth shrink under his feet: we are biologically obliged to be false.
Emil Cioran art
When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves.
Emil Cioran light
Basis of society: anonymous sweat.
Emil Cioran society
Vague a l'ame — melancholy yearning for the end of the world.
Emil Cioran world
The curtain of the universe is moth-eaten, and through its holes we see nothing now but mask and ghost.
Emil Cioran universe
If our fellow men could be aware of our opinions about them, love, friendship, and devotion would be forever erased from the dictionaries; and if we had the courage to confront the doubts we timidly conceive about ourselves, none of us would utter an "I" without shame.
Emil Cioran love
Espousing the melancholy of ancient symbols, I would have freed myself; I would have shared the dignity of the abandoned gods, defending them against the insidious crosses, the invasion of servants and martyrs, and would have spent my nights seeking repose in the dementia and debauchery of the Caesars. As an expert in disenchantment, I would have riddled the new zeals with all the arrows of dissolute wisdom — with courtesans, in skeptical brothels, or in circuses with lavish forms of cruelty. I would have filled my thinking with vice and blood to stretch logic to unheard of dimensions, as large as worlds that are dying.
Emil Cioran wisdom
You are forgiven everything provided you have a trade, a subtitle to your name, a seal on your nothingness.
Emil Cioran you
Try to be free: you will die of hunger.
Emil Cioran you
I find in myself as much evil as in anyone, but detesting action - mother of all vices - I am the cause of no one's suffering.
Emil Cioran suffering
History shows that the thinkers who mounted on the top of the ladder of questions, who set their foot on the last rung, that of the absurd, have bequesthed to posterity only an example of sterility.
Emil Cioran absurd
Nothing is indefensible - from the absurdest proposition to the most monstrous crime.
Emil Cioran absurd
Consider love: is there a nobler outpouring, a rapture less suspect? Its shudders rival music, compete with the tears of solitude and of ecstasy: sublime...but a sublimity inseperable from the urinary tract: transports bordering upon excretion, a heaven of the glands, sudden sancitity of the orifices. It takes no more than a moment of attention for this intoxication, shaken, to cast you back into the ordures of physiology or a moment of fatigue to recognize that so much ardor produces only a variety of mucous.
Emil Cioran love
Why do you lack the strength to escape the obligation to breathe?
Emil Cioran strength
To repeat to yourself a thousand times a day: 'Nothing on Earth has any worth,' to keep finding yourself at the same point, to circle stupidly as a top, eternally...
Emil Cioran time
I dream of wanting - and all I want seems to me worthless.
Emil Cioran dream
The man who can no longer take sides because all men are necessarily right and wrong, because everything is at once justified and irrational - that man must renounce his own name, tread his identity underfoot, and begin a new life in impassibility and despair.
Emil Cioran life
I thought that the only action a man could perform without shame was to take his life; that he had no right to diminish himself in the succession of days and the inertic of misery. No elect, I kept telling myself, but those who committed suicide.
Emil Cioran life
As incompetent in life as in death, I loathe myself and in this loathing I dream of another life, another death. And for having sought to be a sage such as never was, I am only a madman among the mad.
Emil Cioran life
French title: Syllogismes de l'amertume
Emil Cioran
The desire to die was my one and only concern; to it I have sacrificed everything, even death.
Emil Cioran death
"Truths"... we no longer wish to bear their burden nor be deceived by them or be their accomplice... I dream a world where one could die for a comma.
Emil Cioran world
If there is anyone who owes everything to Bach, it is certainly God.
Emil Cioran god
The aphorism is cultivated only by those who have known fear in the midst of words, that fear of collapsing with all the words.
Emil Cioran fear
The pessimist has to invent new reasons to exist every day: he is a victim of the "meaning" of life.
Emil Cioran life
"I am like a broken puppet whose eyes have fallen inside." This remark of a mental patient weighs more heavily than a whole stack of works on introspection.
Emil Cioran work
We cannot avoid the defects of men without fleeting, thereby, their virtues. So we ruin ourselves by wisdom.
Emil Cioran wisdom
Incredible that the prospect of having a biographer has made no one renounce having a life.
Emil Cioran life
Every thought should recall the ruin of a smile.
Emil Cioran thought
Boredom levels all enigmas: a positivist reverie.
Emil Cioran boredom
There is an innate anxiety which supplants in us both knowledge and intuition.
Emil Cioran knowledge
Lucidity's task: to attain a correct despair, an Olympian ferocity.
Emil Cioran despair
The cynicism of utter solitude is a calvary relieved by insolence.
Emil Cioran solitude
Death poses a problem which replaces all the others. What is deadly to philosophy, to the naive belief in the hierarchy of perplexities.
Emil Cioran philosophy
The advantage of meditating upon life and death is being able to say anything at all about them.
Emil Cioran life
Mental therapeutics abound among rich nations: the absence of immediate anxieties sustains a sickly climate. In order to preserve its nervous well-being, a nation needs a substantial disaster, an object for its afflictions, a positive terror justifying its complexes. Societies consolidate in danger and atrophy in neutrality. Where peace and hygiene and comfort flourish, psychoses multiply...I come from a country which, never having known happiness, has produced but one psychoanalyst.
Emil Cioran happiness
Objection to scientific knowledge: this world doesn't deserve to be known.
Emil Cioran knowledge
In the torments of the intellect, there is a certain bearing which is to be sought in vain among those of the heart. Skepticism is the elegance of anxiety.
Emil Cioran art
Not content with real sufferings, the anxious man imposes imaginary ones on himself; he is a being for whom unreality exists, must exist; otherwise where would he obtain the ration of torment his nature demands?
Emil Cioran nature
Whether or not there exists a solution to problems troubles only a minority; that the emotions have no outcome, lead to nothing, vanish into themselves - that is the great unconscious drama, the affective insolubility everyone suffers without even thinking about it.
Emil Cioran thinking
We suffer: the external world begins to exist...; we suffer to excess: it vanishes. Pain instigates the world only to unmask its unreality.
Emil Cioran reality
Boredom is a larval anxiety; depression, a dreamy hatred.
Emil Cioran depression
Philosophy offers an antidote to melancholy. And many still believe in the depth of philosophy!
Emil Cioran philosophy
Philosophy's error is to be too endurable.
Emil Cioran end
If someone incessantly drops the word "life," you know he's a sick man.
Emil Cioran life
Long before physics or psychology were born, pain disintegrated matter, and affliction the soul.
Emil Cioran pain
Sooner or later, each desire must encounter its lassitude: its truth...
Emil Cioran truth
Beware of those who turn their backs on love, ambition, society. They will take their revenge for having renounced...
Emil Cioran love
Awareness of time: assault on time...
Emil Cioran war
Erect I make a resolution; prone I revoke it.
Emil Cioran

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