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Emile M. Cioran

1911-1995 ,  French-Romanian philosopher
Emile M. CioranPhilosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. Cioran was born in Resinár (Rășinari), Szeben County, which was part of Austria-Hungary at the time.
His work has been noted for its pervasive philosophical pessimism, and frequently engaged with issues of suffering, decay, and nihilism.
Among his best known works are On the Heights of Despair (1934) and The Trouble with Being Born (1973). Cioran's first French book, A Short History of Decay, was awarded the prestigious Rivarol Prize in 1950.

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There are issues which, once approached, either isolate you or kill you outright.

One of the greatest delusions of the average man is to forget that life is death's prisoner.

Boredom is a larval anxiety; depression, a dreamy hatred.

Tears do not burn except in solitude.

If someone incessantly drops the word “life,” you know he's a sick man.

To hope is to contradict the future.

The Creation was the first act of sabotage.

Old age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived.

Hope is the normal form of delirium.

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

The more one has suffered, the less one demands. To protest is a sign one has traversed no hell.

Our place is somewhere between being and nonbeing - between two fictions.

To be or not to be… Neither one nor the other.

Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.

Since the only things we remember are humiliations and defeats, what is the use of all the rest?

Profound thinkers are only the ones who do not suffer from a sense of the ridiculous

When you know that every problem is only a false problem, you are dangerously close to salvation.

Skepticism is an exercise in defascination.

The ideal being? An angel ravaged by humor.

I have all the defects of other people yet everything they do seems to me inconceivable.

What are you waiting for in order to give up?

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

Once we begin to want, we fall under the jurisdiction of the Devil.

A gifted humanity can only produce skeptics, never saints.

Utopia is a mixture of childish rationalism and secularized angelism.

I dream of a language whose words, like fists, would fracture jaws.

Losing love is so rich a philosophical ordeal that it makes a hairdresser into a rival of Socrates.

In our fear, we are victims of an aggression of the Future.

No one should try to live if he has not completed his training as a victim.

I am displeased with everything. If they made me God, I would immediately resign.

Nostalgia, more than anything, gives us the shudder of our own imperfection.

What am I, other than a chance in the infinite probabilities of not having been!

Good health is the best weapon against religion. Healthy bodies and healthy minds have never been shaken by religious fears.

If truth were not boring, science would have done away with God long ago. But God as well as the saints is a means to escape the dull banality of truth.

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

Religion comforts us for the defeat of our will to power. It adds new worlds to ours, and thus brings us hope of new conquests and new victories.

Society: an inferno of saviors!

We have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly.

I would like to be free, totaly free... free like an aborted child.


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