Emile M. Cioran

Emile M. Cioran

Emil Cioran (8 April 1911 – 20 June 1995) was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. His work has been noted for its pervasive philosophical pessimism, and frequently engaged with issues of suffering, decay, and nihilism. 

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I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.

We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.

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

My mission is to kill time and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.

We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.

We define only out of despair we must have a formula... to give a facade to the void.

We inhabit a language rather than a country.

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

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

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

Woes and wonders of Power that tonic hell synthesis of poison and panacea.

To venture upon an undertaking of any kind even the most insignificant is to sacrifice to envy.

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

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

We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary incomplete and inopportune.

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

To act is to anchor in an imminent future so imminent it becomes almost tangible, to act is to feel you are consubstantial with that future.

It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other.

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

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

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