Quotations From E.M CIORAN

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  • 1.
    Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 5 (1973).
  • 2.
    Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 8 (1973).
  • 3.
    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.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 3 (1973).
  • 4.
    The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live—moreover, the only one.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Fractures," Anathemas and Admirations (1986).

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  • 5.
    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.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Encounters with Suicide," The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).

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  • 6.
    It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
    E.M. Cioran (1911-1995), Romanian-born French philosopher. The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 2 (1973).
  • 7.
    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.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. The Temptation to Exist, title essay (1956).

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  • 8.
    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.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. The Temptation to Exist, title essay (1956).

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  • 9.
    Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born-French philosopher. "The Demiurge," The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).

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  • 10.
    To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 1, The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).

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