Emile M. Cioran
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Emile M. Cioran
To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.
In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary.
When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves.
For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion.
We are born to Exist, not to know, to be, not to assert ourselves.
The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.
The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.
Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves.
Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.
We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.
No one can enjoy freedom without trembling.
Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea.
The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live – moreover, the only one.
Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious.
Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.
Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave, but almost always the oppressor turned slave.
I have no nationality – the best possible status for an intellectual.
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