E M Cioran Quotes

We derive our vitality from our store of madness. E M Cioran

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

A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect. E M Cioran

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. E M Cioran

A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed. E M Cioran

God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays. E M Cioran

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

To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten. E M Cioran

Afflicted with existence, each man endures like an animal the consequences which proceed from it. E M Cioran