59 Total Quotes

Emile Cioran Quotes

The beauty of flames lies in their strange play, beyond all proportion and harmony. Their diaphanous flare symbolizes at once grace and tragedy, innocence and despair, sadness and voluptuousness. The burning transcendence has something of the lightness of great purifications. I wish the fiery transcendence would carry me up and throw me into a sea of flames, where, consumed by their delicate and insidious tongues, I would die an ecstatic death. The beauty of flames creates the illusion of a pure, sublime death similar to the light of dawn. Immaterial, death in flames is like a burning of light, graceful wings. Do only butterflies die in flames? What about those devoured by the flames within them?
Emile Cioran
#Beauty

In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world.
Emile Cioran
#Evil

In most cases we attach ourselves to God in order to take revenge on life, to punish it, to signify we can do without it, that we have found something better, and we also attach ourselves to God in horror of men.
Emile Cioran
#God

The more intense a spiritual leader's appetite for power, the more he is concerned to limit it to others.
Emile Cioran
#Appetite

Knowledge, having irritated and stimulated our appetite for power, will lead us inexorably to our ruin.
Emile Cioran
#Appetite

Paradise was unendurable, otherwise the first man would have adapted to it; this world is no less so, since here we regret paradise or anticipate another one. What to do? where to go? Do nothing and go nowhere, easy enough.
Emile Cioran
#Man

One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other.
Emile Cioran
#Country

Balkans - that taste for devastation, for internal clutter, for a universe like a brothel on fire the last "primitives" in Europe.
Emile Cioran
#Fire

There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
Emile Cioran
#Existence

I pride myself on my capacity to perceive the transitory character of everything. An odd gift which spoiled all my joys; better: all my sensations. I have decided not to oppose anyone ever again, since I have noticed that I always end by resembling my latest enemy.
Emile Cioran
#Character

Glory - once achieved, what is it worth?
Emile Cioran
#Glory

Truths begin by a conflict with the police- and end by calling them in.
Emile Cioran
#Conflict

It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other.
Emile Cioran
#Endure

Freedom can be manifested only in the void of beliefs, in the absence of axioms, and only where the laws have no more authority than a hypothesis.
Emile Cioran
#Absence

Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
Emile Cioran
#Disaster

We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.
Emile Cioran
#Interest

A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions.
Emile Cioran
#Ideas

To Foreswear vengeance is to chain oneself to forgiveness, to flounder in pardon, to be tainted by the hatred smothered within.
Emile Cioran
#Forgiveness

What does the future, that half of time, matter to the man who is infatuated with eternity?
Emile Cioran
#Eternity

Each of us must pay for the slightest damage he inflicts upon a universe created for indifference and stagnation, sooner or later, he will regret not having left it intact.
Emile Cioran
#Indifference

What we crave, what we want to see in others eyes, is that servile expression, an unconcealed infatuation with our gestures.
Emile Cioran
#Expression

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
Emile Cioran
#Authority

The more we try to rest ourselves from our Egos, the deeper we sink into it.
Emile Cioran
#Rest

In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.
Emile Cioran
#Paradise

Everything is pathology, except for indifference.
Emile Cioran
#Indifference

To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
Emile Cioran
#Habit

Mind, even more deadly to empires than to individuals, erodes them, compromises their solidity.
Emile Cioran
#Mind

Better to be an animal than a man, an insect than an animal, a plant than an insect, and so on. Salvation? Whatever diminishes the kingdom of consciousness and compromises its supremacy.
Emile Cioran
#Man

Man is unacceptable.
Emile Cioran
#Man

Never to have occasion to take a position, to make up one's mind, or to define oneself - there is no wish I make more often .
Emile Cioran
#Mind