Cortez the Killer
"O Satan, my Master, I give myself unto thee forever!" How I regret not remembering the name of the nun who, having written these words with a nail dipped in her own blood, deserves to figure in an anthology of prayer and concision.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
"The quality of every perfect form is to release the mind immediately, whereas the corrupt form holds the mind prisoner, like a bad mirror which tell us nothing but itself." In Kleist’s praise—and how un-German it sounds—of limpidity, his target was not philosophy in particular. Yet his is the best possible critique of philosophical jargon, a pseudo-language which, attempting to reflect ideas, merely assumes a contour at their expense, merely denatures and darkens them, merely calls attention to itself. By one of the most troublesome of all usurpations, the word has taken the leading role in a realm where it should be imperceptible.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
We do not adopt a belief because it is true (they are all true), but because some obscure power impels us to do so. When this power leaves us, we suffer prostration and collapse, a tête-à-tête with what is left of ourselves.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
The one sincere confession is the one we make indirectly—when we talk about other people.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Whenever something still seems possible, I have the sense I have been bewitched.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Anything that can be done seems to me pernicious and at best futile. If need be I can rouse myself but not act. I understand all too well Wordsworth’s description of Coleridge: eternal activity without action.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
batarde:

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, 2014)

batarde:

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, 2014)

davidajohnsonart:

If you want to really relax sometime, just fall to rock bottom and you’ll be a happy man. Most all troubles come from having standards.
Thomas Berger

davidajohnsonart:

If you want to really relax sometime, just fall to rock bottom and you’ll be a happy man. Most all troubles come from having standards.

Thomas Berger

thelambstotheslaughter:

Brain Drill | Quantum Catastrophe | Quantum Catastrophe 

Easy to imagine the elements, bored with their exhausted theme, disgusted by their invariable and utterly predictable combinations, seeking some diversion: life would be merely a digression, merely an anecdote….
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
In relation to any act of life, the mind acts as a killjoy.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born