E. M. Cioran Quotes

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Glory—once achieved, what is it worth?
— E. M. Cioran


Democracy, that festival of mediocrity.

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Every form of talent involves a certain shamelessness.


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

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We must learn how to explode! Any disease is healthier than the one provoked by a hoarded rage.


One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language.  That is our country, our fatherland—and no other.


If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his deeds and designs, he would say, "I want to be praised."


A man who fears ridicule will never go far, for good or ill: he remains on this side of his talents, and even if he has genius, he is doomed to mediocrity.

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Without the faculty of forgetting, our past would weigh so heavily on our present that we should not have the strength to confront another moment, still less to live through it.

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It is easier to get on with vices than with virtues.  The vices, accommodating by nature, help each other, are full of mutual indulgence, whereas the jealous virtues combat and annihilate each other, showing in everything their incompatibility and their intolerance.

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Vengeance is a need, the most intense and profound of all, and...each man must satisfy it, if only in words.  If we stifle that need, we expose ourselves to certain disturbances.  More than one disorder—perhaps all disorders—derive from a vengeance too long postponed.