Emil Cioran

(1911_1995 / Rășinari)

Emil Cioran Quotes

  • ''We derive our vitality from our store of madness.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. The Temptation to Exist, title essay (1956).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 5 (1973).
  • ''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).
  • ''Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 3 (1973).
  • ''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).
  • ''If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 3 (1973).
  • ''To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. Title essay, The Temptation to Exist (1956).
  • ''To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer.... As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born-French philosopher. Title essay, The Temptation to Exist (1956).
  • ''The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.''
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. Title essay, The Temptation to Exist (1956).

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