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Emile M. Cioran
April 8, 1911 - 1995
Nationality: Romanian
Category: Philosopher

The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.


A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.


Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.


One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other.


The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.


We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.


My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.


We would not be interested in human beings if we did not have the hope of someday meeting someone worse off than ourselves.


Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.


Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.


To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.


Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.


Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.


Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.


In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary.


The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live - moreover, the only one.


Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui.


Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea.


Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness.


Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself.


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