Emile M. Cioran
Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea.
A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation’s paradise and its tomb.
The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.
To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
Glory – once achieved, what is it worth?
A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions.
I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.
Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves.
We are born to Exist, not to know, to be, not to assert ourselves.
Under each formula lies a corpse.
We inhabit a language rather than a country.
Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.
Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
The limit of every pain is an even greater pain.