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I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.
EMILE M. CIORAN
The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.
E. M. CIORAN
If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
E. M. CIORAN
God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
E. M. CIORAN
Fear can supplant our real problems only to the extent --unwilling either to assimilate or to exhaus...
E. M. CIORAN
A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals h...
E. M. CIORAN
Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people...
E. M. CIORAN
A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its se...
E. M. CIORAN
Show me one thing here on earth which has begun well and not ended badly. The proudest palpitations ...
E. M. CIORAN
What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?
E. M. CIORAN
When you have understood that nothing is, that things do not even deserve the status of appearances,...
E. M. CIORAN
Those who believe in their truth -- the only ones whose imprint is retained by the memory of men -- ...
E. M. CIORAN
We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
E. M. CIORAN
Our first intuitions are the true ones.
EMILE M. CIORAN
Everything is pathology, except for indifference.
EMILE M. CIORAN
The "west" - what curse has fallen upon it that at the term of its trajectory it produces only these...
EMILE M. CIORAN
In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary.
EMILE M. CIORAN
In most cases we attach ourselves to God in order to take revenge on life, to punish it, to signify ...
EMILE M. CIORAN
It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other.
EMILE M. CIORAN
We define only out of despair, we must have a formula... to give a facade tot he void.
EMILE M. CIORAN
The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.
EMILE M. CIORAN
Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness.
EMILE M. CIORAN
Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui.
EMILE M. CIORAN
The "west" - what curse has fallen upon it that at the term of its trajectory it produces only these...
EMILE M. CIORAN
Wherever we go, we come up against the human, a repulsive ubiquity before which we fall into stupor ...
EMILE M. CIORAN
To be modern is to tinker with the incurable.
EMILE M. CIORAN
Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness.
EMILE M. CIORAN
Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.
EMILE M. CIORAN
One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and n...
EMILE M. CIORAN
In most cases we attach ourselves to God in order to take revenge on life, to punish it, to signify ...
EMILE M. CIORAN
It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other.
EMILE M. CIORAN
Suffering makes you live time in detail, moment after moment. Which is to say that it exists for you...
EMILE M. CIORAN
A great step forward was made the day men understood that in order to torment one another more effic...
EMILE M. CIORAN
A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.
EMILE M. CIORAN
The more intense a spiritual leader's appetite for power, the more he is concerned to limit it to ot...
EMILE M. CIORAN
There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
EMILE M. CIORAN
To live... in any sense of the word... is to reject others; to accept them, one must renounce, do on...
EMILE M. CIORAN
You are done for - a living dead man - not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: i...
EMILE M. CIORAN
To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
EMILE M. CIORAN
The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for on...
EMILE M. CIORAN
Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.
EMILE M. CIORAN
If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices.
EMILE M. CIORAN
Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
EMILE M. CIORAN
Basis of society: anonymous sweat.
EMILE M. CIORAN
What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name - and moving on.
EMILE M. CIORAN
If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
EMILE M. CIORAN