Quotes by Emile M. Cioran

Word - that invisible dagger.
- Emile M. Cioran
Under each formula lies a corpse.
- Emile M. Cioran
Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
- Emile M. Cioran
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Our first intuitions are the true ones.
- Emile M. Cioran
Glory - once achieved, what is it worth?
- Emile M. Cioran
One hardly saves a world without ruling it.
- Emile M. Cioran
No one can enjoy freedom without trembling.
- Emile M. Cioran
The Universal view melts things into a blur.
- Emile M. Cioran
We inhabit a language rather than a country.
- Emile M. Cioran
Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
- Emile M. Cioran
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Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.
- Emile M. Cioran
We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.
- Emile M. Cioran
The limit of every pain is an even greater pain.
- Emile M. Cioran
Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
- Emile M. Cioran
Everything is pathology, except for indifference.
- Emile M. Cioran
We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
- Emile M. Cioran
By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.
- Emile M. Cioran
To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
- Emile M. Cioran
Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
- Emile M. Cioran
Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.
- Emile M. Cioran
We die in proportion to the words we fling around us.
- Emile M. Cioran
A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.
- Emile M. Cioran
To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
- Emile M. Cioran
Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui.
- Emile M. Cioran
Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
- Emile M. Cioran
A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate.
- Emile M. Cioran
The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.
- Emile M. Cioran
We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.
- Emile M. Cioran
I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?
- Emile M. Cioran
Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.
- Emile M. Cioran
Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
- Emile M. Cioran
Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.
- Emile M. Cioran
A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
- Emile M. Cioran
Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.
- Emile M. Cioran
It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other.
- Emile M. Cioran
Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.
- Emile M. Cioran
Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?
- Emile M. Cioran
Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, chaos is being yourself.
- Emile M. Cioran
Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
- Emile M. Cioran
We are born to Exist, not to know, to be, not to assert ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran
There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
- Emile M. Cioran
Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.
- Emile M. Cioran
I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual.
- Emile M. Cioran
To Live signifies to believe and hope - to lie and to lie to oneself.
- Emile M. Cioran
I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.
- Emile M. Cioran
So long as man is protected by madness - he functions - and flourishes.
- Emile M. Cioran
What pride to discover that nothing belongs to you - what a revelation.
- Emile M. Cioran
What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?
- Emile M. Cioran
The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.
- Emile M. Cioran
What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name - and moving on.
- Emile M. Cioran
If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
- Emile M. Cioran
Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.
- Emile M. Cioran
Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in.
- Emile M. Cioran
Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
- Emile M. Cioran
Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
- Emile M. Cioran
Life inspires more dread than death - it is life which is the great unknown.
- Emile M. Cioran
Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea.
- Emile M. Cioran
The more we try to rest ourselves from our Egos, the deeper we sink into it.
- Emile M. Cioran
God - a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
- Emile M. Cioran
When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran
Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.
- Emile M. Cioran
The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live - moreover, the only one.
- Emile M. Cioran
Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.
- Emile M. Cioran
In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary.
- Emile M. Cioran
If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices.
- Emile M. Cioran
Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim.
- Emile M. Cioran
The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.
- Emile M. Cioran
A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions.
- Emile M. Cioran
Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
- Emile M. Cioran
No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.
- Emile M. Cioran
We define only out of despair, we must have a formula... to give a facade tot he void.
- Emile M. Cioran
Tolerance - the function of an extinguished ardor - tolerance cannot seduce the young.
- Emile M. Cioran
It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
- Emile M. Cioran
Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran
Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.
- 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
Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
- Emile M. Cioran
What does the future, that half of time, matter to the man who is infatuated with eternity?
- Emile M. Cioran
We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary, incomplete, and inopportune.
- Emile M. Cioran
The desire to die was my one and only concern; to it I have sacrificed everything, even death.
- Emile M. Cioran
Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave, but almost always the oppressor turned slave.
- Emile M. Cioran
In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.
- Emile M. Cioran
A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb.
- Emile M. Cioran
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran
For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion.
- Emile M. Cioran
To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
- Emile M. Cioran
Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
- Emile M. Cioran
Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.
- Emile M. Cioran
Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious.
- 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
One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other.
- Emile M. Cioran
Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
- Emile M. Cioran
Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
- 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 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
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 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
You are done for - a living dead man - not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry, resides the mystery of life.
- 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
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
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
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