E. M. Cioran

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E. M. Cioran

Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What we want is not freedom but its appearances. It is for these simulacra that man has always striven. And since freedom, as has been said, is no more than a sensation, what difference is there between being free and believing ourselves free?More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live --moreover, the only one.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland --and no other.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No human beings more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief: the great persecutors are recruited from the martyrs not quite beheaded. Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Much more than our other needs and endeavors, it is sexuality that puts us on an even footing with our kind: the more we practice it, the more we become like everyone else: it is in the performance of a reputedly bestial function that we prove our status as citizens: nothing is more public than the sexual act.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only one endowed with restless vitality is susceptible to pessimism. You become a pessimist --a demonic, elemental, bestial pessimist --only when life has been defeated many times in its fight against depression.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More E. M. Cioran [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.More E. M. Cioran [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More E. M. Cioran [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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