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Emile M. Cioran quotes

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

Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.

When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves.

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, chaos is being yourself.

Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.

Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.

Our first intuitions are the true ones.

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.

What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name - and moving on.

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.

I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?

A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb.

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

If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.

In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world.

Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.

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

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.

Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.

By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.