E. M. Cioran

French philosopher

Lived from: 1911-

Category: Philosophers

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    Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness.
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    A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.
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    Show me one thing here on earth which has begun well and not ended badly. The proudest palpitations are engulfed in a sewer, where they cease throbbing, as though having reached their natural term: this downfall constitutes the heart's drama and the negative meaning of history.
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    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.
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    Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
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    Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people? If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish.
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    Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
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    Fear can supplant our real problems only to the extent - unwilling either to assimilate or to exhaust it - we perpetuate it within ourselves like a temptation and enthrone it at the very heart of our solitude.
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    God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
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    Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
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    If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
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    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.
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    It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
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    Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
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    Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
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