Emil Cioran

(1911_1995 / Rășinari)

Emil Cioran Quotes

  • ''We would not be interested in human beings if we did not have the hope of someday meeting someone worse off than ourselves.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 3, The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).
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  • ''Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 3, The New Gods (Le Mauvais Démiurge) (1969, trans. 1974).
  • ''Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 3, The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).
  • ''There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born-French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sect. 1, The New Gods (first published 1969, trans. 1974).
  • ''Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 2, The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.''
    E.M. Cioran (1911-1995), Romanian-born French philosopher. "The New Gods," The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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