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

What does the future, that half of time, matter to the man who is infatuated with eternity?


Tolerance - the function of an extinguished ardor - tolerance cannot seduce the young.


Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in.


What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?


The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.


In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.


We are born to Exist, not to know, to be, not to assert ourselves.


If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.


A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.


No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.


I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?


Our first intuitions are the true ones.


What pride to discover that nothing belongs to you - what a revelation.


Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.


Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?


The more we try to rest ourselves from our Egos, the deeper we sink into it.


What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name - and moving on.


Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.


Under each formula lies a corpse.


To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.


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