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All Quotes by author - Emile M. Cioran
" A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed. "
" A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate. "
" A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself. "
" A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb. "
" Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen. "
" Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there. "
" Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter. "
" A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions. "
" 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. "
" By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing. "
" Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, chaos is being yourself. "
" Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh. "
" Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires. "
" Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves. "
" Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious. "
" Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart. "
" Everything is pathology, except for indifference. "
" Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation. "
" For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion. "
" Glory - once achieved, what is it worth? "
" God - a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays. "
" Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off. "
" If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices. "
" I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers. "
" If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot. "
" I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual. "
" Imaginary pains are by far the most real we suffer, since we feel a constant need for them and invent them because there is no way of doing without them. "
" Impossible to spend sleepless nights and accomplish anything: if, in my youth, my parents had not financed my insomnias, I should surely have killed myself. "
" I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously? "
" In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws. "
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