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

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.


Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.


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.


We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary, incomplete, and inopportune.


A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.


The desire to die was my one and only concern; to it I have sacrificed everything, even death.


If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices.


We define only out of despair, we must have a formula... to give a facade tot he void.


It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other.


Glory - once achieved, what is it worth?


The Universal view melts things into a blur.


For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion.


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.


We inhabit a language rather than a country.


Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.


Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.


Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.


It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.


Word - that invisible dagger.


I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.


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