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Emil Cioran Quote: “A book is a suicide postponed.”

A book is a suicide postponed.

— Emil Cioran



Emil Cioran Quote: “We cannot be normal and alive at the same time.”

We cannot be normal and alive at the same time.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Not to be born is undoubtedly the best plan of all. Unfortunately, it is within no one’s reach.”

Not to be born is undoubtedly the best plan of all. Unfortunately, it is within no one’s reach.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.”

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live – moreover, the only one.”

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

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.”

Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “I feel completely detached from any country, any group. I am a metaphysically displaced person.”

I feel completely detached from any country, any group. I am a metaphysically displaced person.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.”

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

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “There is no limit to suffering.”

There is no limit to suffering.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Consciousness is nature’s nightmare.”

Consciousness is nature’s nightmare.

— Emil Cioran



Emil Cioran Quote: “Is it possible that existence is our exile and nothingness our home?”

Is it possible that existence is our exile and nothingness our home?

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “The limit of every pain is an even greater pain.”

The limit of every pain is an even greater pain.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “I would like to go mad on one condition, namely, that I would become a happy madman, lively and always in a good mood, without any troubles and obsessions, laughing senselessly from morning to night.”

I would like to go mad on one condition, namely, that I would become a happy madman, lively and always in a good mood, without any troubles and obsessions, laughing senselessly from morning to night.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “The sole means of protecting your solitude is to offend everyone, beginning with those you love.”

The sole means of protecting your solitude is to offend everyone, beginning with those you love.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.”

Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “What music appeals to in us it is difficult to know; what we do know is that music reaches a zone so deep that madness itself cannot penetrate there.”

What music appeals to in us it is difficult to know; what we do know is that music reaches a zone so deep that madness itself cannot penetrate there.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “I dream of a language whose words, like fists, would fracture jaws.”

I dream of a language whose words, like fists, would fracture jaws.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “The truly solitary being is not the man who is abandoned by men, but the man who suffers in their midst, who drags his desert through the marketplace and deploys his talents as a smiling leper, a mountebank of the irreparable.”

The truly solitary being is not the man who is abandoned by men, but the man who suffers in their midst, who drags his desert through the marketplace and deploys his talents as a smiling leper, a mountebank of the irreparable.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.”

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

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Sometimes I wish I were a cannibal – less for the pleasure of eating someone than for the pleasure of vomiting him.”

Sometimes I wish I were a cannibal – less for the pleasure of eating someone than for the pleasure of vomiting him.

— Emil Cioran



Emil Cioran Quote: “Only optimists commit suicide, optimists who no longer succeed at being optimists. The others, having no reason to live, why would they have any to die?”

Only optimists commit suicide, optimists who no longer succeed at being optimists. The others, having no reason to live, why would they have any to die?

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “When people come to me saying they want to kill themselves, I tell them, “What’s your rush? You can kill yourself any time you like. So calm down. Suicide is a positive act.” And they do calm down.”

When people come to me saying they want to kill themselves, I tell them, “What’s your rush? You can kill yourself any time you like. So calm down. Suicide is a positive act.” And they do calm down.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “This very second has vanished forever, lost in the anonymous mass of the irrevocable. It will never return. I suffer from this and I do not. Everything is unique – and insignificant.”

This very second has vanished forever, lost in the anonymous mass of the irrevocable. It will never return. I suffer from this and I do not. Everything is unique – and insignificant.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.”

Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Philosophy is a corrective against sadness. Yet there still are people who believe in the profundity of philosophy!”

Philosophy is a corrective against sadness. Yet there still are people who believe in the profundity of philosophy!

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “My mission is to kill time, and time’s to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.”

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

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Democracy: a festival of mediocrity.”

Democracy: a festival of mediocrity.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “I’m simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?”

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

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “It has been a long time since philosophers have read men’s souls. It is not their task, we are told. Perhaps. But we must not be surprised if they no longer matter much to us.”

It has been a long time since philosophers have read men’s souls. It is not their task, we are told. Perhaps. But we must not be surprised if they no longer matter much to us.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name – and moving on.”

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

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.”

It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Losing love is so rich a philosophical ordeal that it makes a hairdresser into a rival of Socrates.”

Losing love is so rich a philosophical ordeal that it makes a hairdresser into a rival of Socrates.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.”

We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “If just once you were depressed for no reason, you have been so all your life without knowing.”

If just once you were depressed for no reason, you have been so all your life without knowing.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “One can experience loneliness in two ways: by feeling lonely in the world or by feeling the loneliness of the world.”

One can experience loneliness in two ways: by feeling lonely in the world or by feeling the loneliness of the world.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Shame on the man who goes to his grave escorted by the miserable hopes that have kept him alive.”

Shame on the man who goes to his grave escorted by the miserable hopes that have kept him alive.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.”

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “The Art of Love: knowing how to combine the temperament of a vampire with the discretion of an anemone.”

The Art of Love: knowing how to combine the temperament of a vampire with the discretion of an anemone.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Wisdom disguises our wounds; it teaches us how to bleed in secret.”

Wisdom disguises our wounds; it teaches us how to bleed in secret.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “As the years pass, the number of those we can communicate with diminishes. When there is no longer anyone to talk to, at last we will be as we were before stooping to a name.”

As the years pass, the number of those we can communicate with diminishes. When there is no longer anyone to talk to, at last we will be as we were before stooping to a name.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “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.”

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.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.”

Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Read day and night, devour books – these sleeping pills – not to know but to forget! Through books you can retrace your way back to the origins of spleen, discarding history and its illusions.”

Read day and night, devour books – these sleeping pills – not to know but to forget! Through books you can retrace your way back to the origins of spleen, discarding history and its illusions.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “No matter which way we go, it is no better than any other. It is all the same whether you achieve something or not, have faith or not, just as it is all the same whether you cry or remain silent.”

No matter which way we go, it is no better than any other. It is all the same whether you achieve something or not, have faith or not, just as it is all the same whether you cry or remain silent.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “True confessions are written with tears only. But my tears would drown the world, as my inner fire would reduce it to ashes.”

True confessions are written with tears only. But my tears would drown the world, as my inner fire would reduce it to ashes.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Our first intuitions are the true ones.”

Our first intuitions are the true ones.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “What can be said, lacks reality. Only what fails to make its way into words exists and counts.”

What can be said, lacks reality. Only what fails to make its way into words exists and counts.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Only superficial minds approach an idea with delicacy.”

Only superficial minds approach an idea with delicacy.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.”

Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.

— Emil Cioran


Emil Cioran Quote: “Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves.”

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

— Emil Cioran

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