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E. M. Cioran Quotes

11 E. M. Cioran quotes:

"Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh."
"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."
"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."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Aggression Quotes
"No one can keep his grieves in their prime; they use themselves up."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland --and no other."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Music Quotes
"Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Solitude Quotes
"A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Disease Quotes
"Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Evil Quotes
"To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Existence Quotes
"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."
Author: Cioran Quotes Category: Fear Quotes

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