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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
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If you lack the power to demoralize yourself along with the age, to go as low and as far, do not complain of being misunderstood by it. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A sensation must have fallen very low to deign to turn into an idea. -- Emile M. Cioran
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He who hates himself is not humble. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Trees are massacred, houses go up - faces, faces everywhere. Man is spreading. Man is the cancer of the earth. -- Emile M. Cioran
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On Creating - What we crave, what we want to see in others eyes, is that servile expression, an unconcealed infatuation with our gestures. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The aphorism is cultivated only by those who have known fear in the midst of words, that fear of collapsing with all the words. -- Emile M. Cioran
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I seem to myself, among civilized men, an intruder, a troglodyte enamored of decrepitude, plunged into subversive prayers. -- Emile M. Cioran
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True moral elegance consists in the art of disguising one's victories as defeats. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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Suffering makes you live time in detail, moment after moment. Which is to say that it exists for you: over the others, the ones who don't suffer, time flows, so that they don't live in time, in fact they never have. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Try to be free: you will die of hunger. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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Not to be born is undoubtedly the best plan of all. Unfortunately, it is within no one's reach. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom? -- Emile M. Cioran
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Tyrants are always assassinated too late. That is their great excuse. -- Emile M. Cioran
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If you're unlucky enough not to have alcoholic parents, it takes you a whole lifetime of intoxication to overcome the dead weight of their virtues. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What necessity impels a writer who has produced fifty books to write still one more? Why this proliferation, this fear of being forgotten, this debased coquetry? -- Emile M. Cioran
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Once you see that everything is unreal, you can't see why you should bother to prove it. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To act is to anchor in the imminent future. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Let us not be needlessly bitter: certain failures are sometimes fruitful. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Boredom dismantles the mind, renders it superficial, out at the seams, saps it from within and dislocates it. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Our first intuitions are the true ones. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Basis of society: anonymous sweat. -- Emile M. Cioran
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In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary. -- Emile M. Cioran
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I live only because it is in my power to die when I choose to: without the idea of suicide, I'd have killed myself right away. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Only one thing matters: learning to be the loser. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We derive our vitality from our store of madness. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Show me one thing here on earth which has begun well and not ended badly. The proudest palpitations are engulfed in a sewer, where they cease throbbing, as though having reached their natural term: this downfall constitutes the heart's drama and the negative meaning of history. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The history of ideas is the history of the grudges of solitary men. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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Just as ecstasy purifies you of the particular and the contingent, leaving nothing except light and darkness, so insomnia kills off the multiplicity and diversity of the world, leaving you prey to your private obsessions. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Sperm is a bandit in its pure state. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Transmitting one's flaws [through procreation] to someone else is a crime. I could never consent to give life to someone who would inherent my ailments. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The Universal view melts things into a blur. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Losing love is so rich a philosophical ordeal that it makes a hairdresser into a rival of Socrates. -- Emile M. Cioran
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No one can keep his griefs in their prime; they use themselves up. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Illusion begets and sustains the world; we do not destroy one without destroying the other. -- Emile M. Cioran
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There is no limit to suffering. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Hungarian Language - savage it may be but of a beauty that has nothing human about it, with sonorities of another universe, powerful and corrosive, appropriate to prayer, to groans and to tears, risen out of hell to perpetuate its accent and its aura ... words of nectar and cyanide. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Wherever we go, we come up against the human, a repulsive ubiquity before which we fall into stupor and revolt, a perplexity on fire. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The wise man, the sage, is hostile to the new. Disabused, he abdicates: that is his form of protest. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name - and moving on. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Existing is plagiarism. -- Emile M. Cioran
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There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers. -- Emile M. Cioran
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So long as man is protected by madness - he functions - and flourishes. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui. -- Emile M. Cioran
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How easy it is to be "deep": all you have to do is let yourself sink into your own flaws. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring. -- Emile M. Cioran
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For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Utopia is the grotesque en rose, the need to associate happiness
that is, the improbable
with becoming, and to coerce an optimistic, aerial vision to the point where it rejoins its own source: the very cynicism it sought to combat. In short, a monstrous fantasy. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The importance of insomnia is so colossal that I am tempted to define man as the animal who cannot sleep. Why call him a rational animal when other animals are equally reasonable? But there is not another animal in the entire creation that wants to sleep yet cannot. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What does the future, that half of time, matter to the man who is infatuated with eternity? -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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To write books is to have a certain relation with original sin. For what is a book if not a loss of innocence, an act of aggression, a repetition of our Fall? -- Emile M. Cioran
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My mission is to see things as they are. Exactly contrary of a mission. -- Emile M. Cioran
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God - a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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When you have understood that nothing is, that things do not even deserve the status of appearances, you no longer need to be saved, you are saved, and miserable forever. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A man who fears ridicule will never go far, for good or ill: he remains on this side of this talents, and even if he has genius, he is doomed to mediocrity. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The refutation of suicide: is it not inelegant to abandon a world which has so willingly put itself at the service of our melancholy? -- Emile M. Cioran
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If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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. -- Emile M. Cioran
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All philosophers should end their days at Pythia's feet. There is only one philosophy, that of unique moments. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Maniacs of Procreation, bipeds with devalued faces, we have lost all appeal for each other. -- Emile M. Cioran
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I would like to go mad on one condition, namely, that I would become a happy madman, lively and always in a good mood, without any troubles and obsessions, laughing senselessly from morning to night. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Society: an inferno of saviors! -- Emile M. Cioran
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My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To devastate by language, to blow up the word and with it the world. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The literary man? An indiscreet man, who devaluates his miseries, divulges them, tells them like so many beads: immodesty-the sideshow of second thoughts-is his rule; he offers himself. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The only way of enduring one disaster after the next is to love the very idea of disaster: if we succeed, there are no further surprises, we are superior to whatever occurs, we are invincible victims. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What are you waiting for in order to give up? -- Emile M. Cioran
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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. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Everything turns on pain; the rest is accessory, even nonexistent, for we remember only what hurts. Painful sensations being the only real ones, it is virtually useless to experience others. -- Emile M. Cioran
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If a man has not, by the time he is thirty, yielded to the fascination of every form of extremism - I don't know whether he is to be admired or scorned, regarded as a saint or a corpse. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The more one has suffered, the less one demands. To protest is a sign one has traversed no hell. -- Emile M. Cioran
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One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The sole means of protecting your solitude is to offend everyone, beginning with those you love. -- Emile M. Cioran
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My mission is to suffer for all those who suffer without knowing it. I must pay for them, expiate their unconsciousness, their luck to be ignorant of how unhappy they are. -- Emile M. Cioran
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No one can enjoy freedom without trembling. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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Humanity adores only those who cause it to perish. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What strangely enchanted tunes gush forth during those sleepless nights! -- Emile M. Cioran
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Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave, but almost always the oppressor turned slave. -- Emile M. Cioran
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In most cases we attach ourselves to in order to take revenge on life, to punish it, to signify we can do without it, that we have found something better, and we also attach ourselves to God in horror of men. -- Emile M. Cioran
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"The Holy Ghost," Luther instructs us, "is not a skeptic." Not everyone can be, and that is really too bad. -- Emile M. Cioran
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History proves nothing because it contains everything. -- Emile M. Cioran
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All the concessions we make to Eros are holes in our desire for the absolute. -- Emile M. Cioran
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By what aberration has suicide, the only truly normal action, become the attribute of the flawed? -- Emile M. Cioran
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Freedom can be manifested only in the void of beliefs, in the absence of axioms, and only where the laws have no more authority than a hypothesis. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Normal people have nothing to forget. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Under each formula lies a corpse. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To live ... in any sense of the word ... is to reject others; to accept them, one must renounce, do oneself violence. -- Emile M. Cioran
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When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves. -- Emile M. Cioran
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That history just unfolds, independently of a specified direction, of a goal, no one is willing to admit. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The amount of chiaroscuro an idea harbors is the only index of its profundity. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Everything is pathology, except for indifference. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The source of our actions resides in an unconscious propensity to regard ourselves as the center, the cause, and the conclusion of time. Our reflexes and our pride transform into a planet the parcel of flesh and consciousness we are. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The Art of Love: knowing how to combine the temperament of a vampire with the discretion of an anemone. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We die in proportion to the words we fling around us. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Lucidity's task: to attain a correct despair, an Olympian ferocity. -- Emile M. Cioran
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There is only one thing worse than boredom, and that is the fear of boredom. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Were we to undertake an exhaustive self-scrutiny, disgust would paralyze us, we would be doomed to a thankless existence. -- Emile M. Cioran
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My enthusiasms ... constitute my reserves, my unexploited resources, perhaps my future. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Life inspires more dread than death - it is life which is the great unknown. -- Emile M. Cioran
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One is and remains a slave as long as one is not cured of hoping. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Reality is a creation of our excesses. -- Emile M. Cioran
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By virtue of depression, we recall those misdeeds we buried in the depths of our memory. Depression exhumes our shames. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What to think of other people? I ask myself this question each time I make a new acquaintance. So strange does it seem to me that we exist, and that we consent to exist. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Knowledge, having irritated and stimulated our appetite for power, will lead us inexorably to our ruin. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Psychoanalysis is a technique we practice at our cost; psychoanalysis degrades our risks, our dangers, our depths; it strips us of our impurities, of all that made us curious about ourselves. -- Emile M. Cioran
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An individual dies ... when, instead of taking risks and hurling himself toward being, he cowers within, and takes refuge there. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We inhabit a language rather than a country. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What music appeals to in us it is difficult to know; what we do know is that music reaches a zone so deep that madness itself cannot penetrate there. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Man started out on the wrong foot. The misadventure in paradise was the first consequence. The rest had to follow. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Tragic paradox of freedom: the mediocre men who alone make its exercise possible cannot guarantee its duration. -- Emile M. Cioran
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After having struggled madly to solve all problems, after having suffered on the heights of despair, in the supreme hour of revelation, you will find that the only answer, the only reality, is silence. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Consciousness is nature's nightmare. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Democracy: a festival of mediocrity. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A garbled quotation is equivalent to a betrayal, an insult, a prejudice. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Thinking should be like musical meditation. Has any philosopher pursued a thought to its limits the way Bach or Beethoven develop and exhaust a musical theme? Even after having read the most profound thinkers, one still feels the need to begin anew. Only music gives definitive answers. -- Emile M. Cioran
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If we manage to last in spite of everything, it is because our infirmities are so many and so contradictory that they cancel each other out. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To think is to take a cunning revenge in which we camouflage our baseness and conceal our lower instincts. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people? If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Every profound dissatisfaction is of a religious nature: our failures derive from our incapacity to conceive of paradise and to aspire to it, as our discomforts from the fragility of our relations with the absolute. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A regret understood by no one: the regret to be a pessimist. It's not easy to be on the wrong foot with life -- Emile M. Cioran
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Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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All that shimmers on the surface of the world, all that we call interesting, is the fruit of ignorance and inebriation. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Life is merely a fracas on an unmapped terrain, and the universe a geometry stricken with epilepsy. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Utopia is a mixture of childish rationalism and secularized angelism. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What a pity that 'nothingness' has been devalued by an abuse of it made by philosophers unworthy of it! -- Emile M. Cioran
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What every man who loves his country hopes for in his inmost heart: the suppression of half his compatriots. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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He who has never envied the vegetable has missed the human drama. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What pride to discover that nothing belongs to you - what a revelation. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being. -- Emile M. Cioran
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You cannot protect your solitude if you cannot make yourself odious. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The more we try to rest ourselves from our Egos, the deeper we sink into it. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We must suffer to the end, to the moment when we stop believing in suffering. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The more intense a spiritual leader's appetite for power, the more he is concerned to limit it to others. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Skepticism is the elegance of anxiety. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary, incomplete, and inopportune. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Our place is somewhere between being and nonbeing - between two fictions. -- Emile M. Cioran
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In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws. -- Emile M. Cioran
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I never met one interesting mind that was not richly endowed with inadmissible deficiencies. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Fear can supplant our real problems only to the extent -unwilling either to assimilate or to exhaust it -we perpetuate it within ourselves like a temptation and enthrone it at the very heart of our solitude. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Each of us is born with a share of purity, predestined to be corrupted by our commerce with mankind, by that sin against solitude. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The curtain of the universe is moth-eaten, and through its holes we see nothing now but mask and ghost. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What can be said, lacks reality. Only what fails to make its way into words exists and counts. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off. -- Emile M. Cioran
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One doesn't live in a country, one lives in a language. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Wisdom disguises our wounds; it teaches us how to bleed in secret. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Afflicted with existence, each man endures like an animal the consequences which proceed from it. Thus, in a world where everything is detestable, hatred becomes huger than the world and, having transcended its object, cancels itself out. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Mind, even more deadly to empires than to individuals, erodes them, compromises their solidity. -- Emile M. Cioran
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All people see fires, storms, explosions, or landscapes; but how many feel the flames, the lightnings, the whirlwinds, or the harmony? How many have an inner beauty that tinges their melancholy? -- Emile M. Cioran
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One hardly saves a world without ruling it. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A book has to dig through the wounds, more, it has cause a new one, a book it has to be dangerous. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Even when nothing happens, everything seems too much for me. What can be said, then, in the presence of an event, any event? -- Emile M. Cioran
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No human beings are more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief -- Emile M. Cioran
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Every form of talent involves a certain shameless-ness. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious. -- Emile M. Cioran
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I do not want to see BP nickel and diming these businesses that are having a tough time. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To possess a high degree of consciousness, to be always aware of yourself in relation to the world, to live in the permanent tension of knowledge, means to be lost for life. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We define only out of despair, we must have a formula ... to give a facade tot he void. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Old age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Pursued by our origins ... we all are. -- Emile M. Cioran
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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
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Discretion is deadly to genius; ruinous to talent. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves. -- Emile M. Cioran
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I don't understand how people can believe in God, even when I myself think of him everyday. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A self-respecting man is a man without a country. A fatherland is birdlime ... -- Emile M. Cioran
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To read is to let someone else work for you - the most delicate form of exploitation. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The limit of every pain is an even greater pain. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We are afraid of the enormity of the possible. -- Emile M. Cioran
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What is pity but the vice of kindness. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To Foreswear vengeance is to chain oneself to forgiveness, to flounder in pardon, to be tainted by the hatred smothered within. -- Emile M. Cioran
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The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself. -- Emile M. Cioran
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A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Life without utopia is suffocating, for the multitude at least: threatened otherwise with petrifaction, the world must have a new madness. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Melancholy redeems this universe, and yet it is melancholy that separates us from it. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To defy heredity is to defy billions of years, to defy the first cell -- Emile M. Cioran
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We change ideas like neckties. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Tolerance - the function of an extinguished ardor - tolerance cannot seduce the young. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Nothing proves that we are more than nothing. -- Emile M. Cioran
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No position is so false as having understood and still remaining alive. -- Emile M. Cioran
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I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual. -- Emile M. Cioran
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We are all geniuses when we dream. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Glory - once achieved, what is it worth? -- Emile M. Cioran
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Every word affords me pain. Yet how sweet it would be if I could hear what the flowers have to say about death! -- Emile M. Cioran
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To hope is to contradict the future. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Man is a robot with defects. -- Emile M. Cioran
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To Live signifies to believe and hope - to lie and to lie to oneself. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Good health is the best weapon against religion. Healthy bodies and healthy minds have never been shaken by religious fears. -- Emile M. Cioran
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Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in. -- Emile M. Cioran