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Top 300 Emil Cioran Quotes (2024 Update)

Emil Cioran Quote: “A book is a suicide postponed.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live – moreover, the only one.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Not to be born is undoubtedly the best plan of all. Unfortunately, it is within no one’s reach.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “We cannot be normal and alive at the same time.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “I feel completely detached from any country, any group. I am a metaphysically displaced person.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Consciousness is nature’s nightmare.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “There is no limit to suffering.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Is it possible that existence is our exile and nothingness our home?”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “The limit of every pain is an even greater pain.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “I’m simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “The sole means of protecting your solitude is to offend everyone, beginning with those you love.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “I dream of a language whose words, like fists, would fracture jaws.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “My mission is to kill time, and time’s to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.”
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?”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Sometimes I wish I were a cannibal – less for the pleasure of eating someone than for the pleasure of vomiting him.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Democracy: a festival of mediocrity.”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “I live only because it is in my power to die when I choose to: without the idea of suicide, I’d have killed myself right away.”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “What are you waiting for in order to give up?”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Philosophy is a corrective against sadness. Yet there still are people who believe in the profundity of philosophy!”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “The Art of Love: knowing how to combine the temperament of a vampire with the discretion of an anemone.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland – and no other.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Wisdom disguises our wounds; it teaches us how to bleed in secret.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “If just once you were depressed for no reason, you have been so all your life without knowing.”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Losing love is so rich a philosophical ordeal that it makes a hairdresser into a rival of Socrates.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Trees are massacred, houses go up – faces, faces everywhere. Man is spreading. Man is the cancer of the earth.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name – and moving on.”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “One can experience loneliness in two ways: by feeling lonely in the world or by feeling the loneliness of the world.”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “There is no other world. Nor even this one. What, then, is there? The inner smile provoked in us by the patent nonexistence of both.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Shame on the man who goes to his grave escorted by the miserable hopes that have kept him alive.”
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.”
Emil Cioran Quote: “Our first intuitions are the true ones.”
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.”
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