Quotations by Emile M. Cioran

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Born: Saturday, April 8, 1911
Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Romanian


A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Civilization, Gods)

A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Enemy)

A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.
- Emile M. Cioran

A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Democracy, Paradise, Nation, Nothing)

A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: People, Ideas, Obsessions, Theories)

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.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Conversation, Invention, Silence, Speech)

Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Ambition, Potential)

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Dream, Sleep)

Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Name)

By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Nothing, World)

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Being, Chaos)

Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Consciousness)

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Fear, Authority, Crime, Glory)

Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Criticism)

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

Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Time, Echo)

Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Thought)

Everything is pathology, except for indifference.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Indifference)

For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Freedom, Illusion)

Glory - once achieved, what is it worth?
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Glory, Worth)

God - a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: God, Disease)

Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Martyrs)

I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Day, Nothing)

I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Nationality)

I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Accident)

If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
- Emile M. Cioran

If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Crime)

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.
- Emile M. Cioran

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.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Parents, Youth)

In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Paradise, Laws)

In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Evil, Man, World)

In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Order)

Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Intelligence, Belief)

Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: History, Fear, Boredom, Result)

It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other.
- Emile M. Cioran

It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Killing, Worth)

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Jealousy, Worship)

Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Life)

Life inspires more dread than death - it is life which is the great unknown.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Death, Life)

Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Imagination, Life, Memory)

Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Action, Evil, Man, Order, Violence)

Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Man)

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Happiness, Music)

My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Time, Mission)

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.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Habit, Negative, First, Freedom, Mind, Needs)

No one can enjoy freedom without trembling.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Freedom)

No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Being, Disease)

Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Abuse, Liberty, Nothing, Possession)

Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Nothing)

One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Country, Language)



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