Emile M. Cioran

Emile M. Cioran

Emil Cioran (8 April 1911 – 20 June 1995) was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. His work has been noted for its pervasive philosophical pessimism, and frequently engaged with issues of suffering, decay, and nihilism. 

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Man must vanquish himself must do himself violence in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.

We derive our vitality from our store of madness.

In a republic that paradise of debility the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.

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.

Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?

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

Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety, refuge among anemic ideas.

Torment for some men is a need an appetite and an accomplishment.

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

Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.

A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.

The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.

A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.

Consciousness is much more than the thorn it is the dagger in the flesh.

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

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

We are born to Exist not to know to be not to assert ourselves.

Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave but almost always the oppressor turned slave.

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.

Word - that invisible dagger.

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