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A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech. E. M. Cioran#Conversation 77
E. M. Cioran#Conversation 77
God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays. E. M. Cioran#God 69
E. M. Cioran#God 69
It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late. E. M. Cioran#Suicide 68
E. M. Cioran#Suicide 68
We would not be interested in human beings if we did not have the hope of someday meeting someone worse off than ourselves. E. M. Cioran#Communism 64
E. M. Cioran#Communism 64
No one can keep his grieves in their prime; they use themselves up. E. M. Cioran#Grief 61
E. M. Cioran#Grief 61
Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people? If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish. E. M. Cioran#Anger 59
E. M. Cioran#Anger 59
Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment. E. M. Cioran#Torture 58
E. M. Cioran#Torture 58
Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil. E. M. Cioran#Evil 58
E. M. Cioran#Evil 58
A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed. E. M. Cioran#God 55
E. M. Cioran#God 55
What we want is not freedom but its appearances. It is for these simulacra that man has always striven. And since freedom, as has been said, is no more than a sensation, what difference is there between being free and believing ourselves free? E. M. Cioran#Freedom 54
E. M. Cioran#Freedom 54
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