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Emile Cioran


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Emile Cioran (8 April 1911 – 20 June 1995) was a Romanian philosopher and essayist.

Emile M. Cioran was born in Răşinari, Sibiu County, which was part of Austria-Hungary at the time. His father, Emilian Cioran, was a Romanian Orthodox priest, while his mother, Elvira Cioran (born Comaniciu), was originally from Veneţia de Jos, a commune near Făgăraş.

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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.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. "Genealogy of Fanaticism," ch. 1, A Short History of Decay (1949).
  • 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: th...
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-bornFrench philosopher. "Itinerary of Hate," ch. 1, A Short History of Decay (1949).
  • 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 trans...
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. "Itinerary of Hate," ch. 1, A Short History of Decay (1949).
  • Those who believe in their truth—the only ones whose imprint is retained by the memory of men—leave the earth behind them strewn with corpses. Religions number in their ledgers more murders ...
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. "Itinerary of Hate," ch. 1, A Short History of Decay (1949).
  • ''One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland—and no other.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. "On the Verge of Existence," Anathemas and Admirations (1986).
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