Emil Cioran

(1911_1995 / Rășinari)

Emil 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.

After studying humanities at the Gheorghe Lazăr High School in Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Cioran, aged 17, started to study philosophy at the University of Bucharest. Upon his entrance into the University, he met Eugène Ionesco and Mircea Eliade, the three of them becoming lifelong friends. Future Romanian philosopher Constantin... more »

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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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