1911 – 1995
Who was Emil Cioran?
- Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.
- We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
- Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
- Much more than our other needs and endeavors, it is sexuality that puts us on an even footing with our kind: the more we practice it, the more we become like everyone else: it is in the performance of a reputedly bestial function that we prove our status as citizens: nothing is more public than the sexual act.
- Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
- What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?
- Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.
- Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
- Only one endowed with restless vitality is susceptible to pessimism. You become a pessimist --a demonic, elemental, bestial pessimist --only when life has been defeated many times in its fight against depression.
- There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
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- Apr 8, 1911
- Also known as
- Emile Michel Cioran
- Emile M. Cioran
- University of Bucharest
- Gheorghe Lazăr National College
- Lived in
- Sibiu County
- Jun 20, 1995
on July 23, 2013