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).
  • 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. "On the Verge of Existence," Anathemas and Admirations (1986).
  • ''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.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "On the Verge of Existence," Anathemas and Admirations (1986).
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