Emil Cioran biography

Emil Cioran

Philosopher, Author

1911 – 1995


Who was Emil Cioran?

Emil M. Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French.

Famous Quotes:

  • 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
  • Agnosticism
  • Romania
  • University of Bucharest
  • Gheorghe Lazăr National College
Lived in
  • Sibiu County
Jun 20, 1995

on July 23, 2013

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