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Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave, but almost always the oppressor turned slave.


Emile M. Cioran

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Who covets more is evermore a slave.
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He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.
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The unspiritual is a slave to sin.…! But spiritual is slave to righteousness in Christ Jesus.
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He who dares not (reason), is a slave.
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A human being who trades away individuality for conformity is nothing but a slave.
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A human being who trades away individuality for conformity is nothing but a slave.
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The worker is the slave of capitalist society, the female worker is the slave of that slave.
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The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.
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The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.
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I love those who accept the truth not those who accept love. For love is the slave of the truth.
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He who has an opinion of his own, but depends on the opinion and tastes of others is a slave.
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The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave.
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All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil
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All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
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The person who is master of their passions is reason's slave.
CYRIL CONNOLLY
The man who is master of his passions is reason's slave
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He who lets time rule him will live the life of a slave.
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He who has an opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave.
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All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
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He who is a slave to his stomach seldom worships God.
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No one is more enslaved than a slave who doesn't think they're enslaved.
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Be a governess! Better be a slave at once!
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A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
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He who is a slave to his stomach seldom worships God.
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Let's live with that small pittance which we have; Who covets more is evermore a slave.
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They say he who pays the piper dictates the tune,that's why man's spirit is a slave to man's flesh.
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You're a slave, a bound helpless slave to one thing in this world, your imagination.
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I'm not gonna be a slave. I'm a rock n' roller.
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No one is more enslaved than a slave who doesn't think they're enslaved.
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But thought's the slave of life, and life time's fool.
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Who fears not to do ill fears the name, And free from conscience, is a slave to fame.
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He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not, is a slave.
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He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave
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Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master
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The air of England has long been too pure for a slave, and every man is free who breathes it.
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He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.
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People can be slave-ships in shoes.
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Mammon is the largest slave-holder in the world
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Ignorance is the greatest slave master in the universe.
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It is better to be slave to righteousness than slave to sin.
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Base is the slave that pays.
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To be philosophy's slave is to be free
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He is the slave of the Lord's slaves.
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I can't play a slave.
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A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.
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Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
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Basis of society: anonymous sweat.
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What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name - and moving on.
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Man is unacceptable.
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When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves.
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Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves.
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Life inspires more dread than death - it is life which is the great unknown.
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Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
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Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
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Between Ennui and Ecstasy unwinds our whole experience of time.
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A book is a suicide postponed.
EMIL M. CIORAN
In numele si sub teroarea ei (plictiselii, n.m.) parasesc oamenii caminul si moartea agreabila legat...
EMIL M. CIORAN
S'il n'avait gardé une dernière illusion, je me réclamerais volontiers d'Omar Khayyam, de ses tri...
EMIL M. CIORAN
What we want is not freedom but its appearances. It is for these simulacra that man has always striv...
E. M. CIORAN
Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than...
E. M. CIORAN
To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
E. M. CIORAN
No one can keep his grieves in their prime; they use themselves up.
E. M. CIORAN
Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
E. M. CIORAN
Much more than our other needs and endeavors, it is sexuality that puts us on an even footing with o...
E. M. CIORAN
To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. As s...
E. M. CIORAN
As long as one believes in philosophy, one is healthy; sickness begins when one starts to think.
EMIL M. CIORAN
We rightly scorn those who have no made use of their defects, who have not exploited their deficienc...
EMIL M. CIORAN
I have tried to protect myself against men, to react against their madness to discern its source; I ...
EMIL M. CIORAN
Tristetea, ca si suferinta, ne revela existenta, deoarece în ele avem în constiinta separatia noas...
EMIL M. CIORAN
I have no ideas, only obsessions. Anybody can have ideas. Ideas have never caused anybody's downfall...
EMIL M. CIORAN
Our only choice is between irrespirable truths and salutary frauds.
EMIL M. CIORAN
If you try to convert someone, it will never be to
effect his salvation but to make him suffer ...
EMIL M. CIORAN
The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live-moreover, the only one.
EMIL M. CIORAN
My soul is chaos, how can it be at all? There is everything in me: search and you will find out ... ...
EMIL M. CIORAN
To live entirely without a goal! I have glimpsed this state, and have often attained it, without man...
EMIL M. CIORAN
If just once you were depressed for no reason, you have been so all your life without knowing it. EMIL M. CIORAN Só é saudável em nós aquilo pelo que não somos especificamente nós mesmos: são nossas aversõ...
EMIL M. CIORAN
Each time I fail to think about death, I have the impression of cheating, of deceiving someone in me...
EMIL M. CIORAN
Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim.
EMIL 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