E. M. Cioran

A Quote by E. M. Cioran on bach, beethoven, music, and philosopher

Thinking should be like musical meditation. Has any philosopher pursued a thought to its limits the way Bach or Beethoven develop and exhaust a musical theme? Even after having read the most profound thinkers, one still feels the need to begin anew. Only music gives definitive answers.

E. M. Cioran

Source: Tears and Saints

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran on exclamation mark

All great ideas should be followed by an exclamation mark - a warning signal similar to the skull and crossbones drawn on high-voltage transformers.

E. M. Cioran

Source: Tears and Saints

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran

From denial to denial, his existence is diminished: vaguer and more unreal than a syllogism of sighs, how could he still be a creature of flesh and blood? Anemic, he rivals the Idea itself; he has abstracted himself from his ancestors, from his friends, from every soul and himself; in his veins, once turbulent, rests a light from another world. Liberated from what he has lived, unconcerned by what he will live; he demolishes the signposts on all his roads, and wrests himself from the dials of all time. "I shall never meet myself again," he decides, happy to turn his last hatred against himself, happier still to annihilate--in his forgiveness--all beings, all things.

E. M. Cioran

Source: A Short History of Decay

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself.

E. M. Cioran

Source: A Short History of Decay

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran

The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.

E. M. Cioran

Source: A Short History of Decay

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran

Ideas should be neutral. But man animates them with his passions and folly. Impure and turned into beliefs, they take on the appearance of reality. The passage from logic is consummated. Thus are born ideologies, doctrines, and bloody farce.

E. M. Cioran

Source: A Short History of Decay

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran

By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.

E. M. Cioran

Source: A Short History of Decay

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran

Give life a specific goal and it immediately loses its attraction. The inexactitude of its ends makes life superior to death; one touch of precision would degrade it to the triviality of the tombs.

E. M. Cioran

Source: A Short History of Decay

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran

If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.

E. M. Cioran

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A Quote by E. M. Cioran on silence and speech

Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.

E. M. Cioran

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