Emil Cioran

(1911_1995 / Rășinari)

Emil Cioran Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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 transcended its object, cancels itself out.''
    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).
  • ''Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. "On the Verge of Existence," Anathemas and Admirations (1986).
  • ''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.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. "On the Verge of Existence," Anathemas and Admirations (1986).
  • ''A sensation must have fallen very low to deign to turn into an idea.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "On the Verge of Existence," Anathemas and Admirations (1986).
  • ''Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Rages and Resignations: Luther," The Temptation to Exist (1956).
  • ''A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Rages and Resignations: Saint Paul," The Temptation to Exist (1956).

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