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

Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves.


Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.


Everything is pathology, except for indifference.


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


Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.


No one can enjoy freedom without trembling.


Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.


Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.


So long as man is protected by madness - he functions - and flourishes.


The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.


Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.


Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.


Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.


Impossible to spend sleepless nights and accomplish anything: if, in my youth, my parents had not financed my insomnias, I should surely have killed myself.


Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.


Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious.


When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves.


Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.


To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.


By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.


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