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

Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.


The limit of every pain is an even greater pain.


A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb.


In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world.


Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.


You are done for - a living dead man - not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry, resides the mystery of life.


To act is to anchor in the imminent future.


To Live signifies to believe and hope - to lie and to lie to oneself.


Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim.


Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.


We derive our vitality from our store of madness.


There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.


Life inspires more dread than death - it is life which is the great unknown.


Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.


God - a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.


We die in proportion to the words we fling around us.


One hardly saves a world without ruling it.


Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.


A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate.


I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual.


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