Cortez the Killer
Whereas any sentence one has to write requires a pretense of invention, it takes little enough attention to enter into a text, even a difficult one. To scribble a postcard comes closest to creative activity that to read The Phenomenology of Mind.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
A work is finished when we can no longer improve it, though we know it to be inadequate and incomplete. We are so overtaxed by it that we no longer have the power to add a single comma, however indispensable. What determines the degree to which a work is done is not a requirement of art or of truth, it is exhaustion and, even more disgust.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Every misanthrope, however sincere, at times reminds me of that old poet, bedridden and utterly forgotten, who in a rage with his contemporaries declared he would receive none of them. His wife, out of charity, would ring at the door from time to time….
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
We can meditate upon eternity only in a prone position. For a considerable period, eternity was the Orientals’ principal concern: did they not prefer the horizontal position? Once we lie down, time ceases to pass, to count. History is the product of a race that stands. As a vertical animal, man was to get into the bait of looking ahead, not only in space but in time as well. To which wretched origins we may trace the Future!
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Detachment cannot be learned: it is inscribed in a civilization. We do not tend toward it, we discover it in ourselves. I was thinking this when I read that a missionary, after eighteen years in Japan, had made only sixty converts, and old ones at that. Moreover they escaped him at the last moment, dying in Japanese fashion, without remorse, without torments, worthy descendants of their ancestors who, to inure themselves, in the days of the Mongol wars, let themselves be impregnated by the nothingness of all things and by their own nothingness.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
"I was the Prophet," Mohammed informs us, "when Adam was still between the water and the clay."… When we have not had the pride to found a religion—or at least to destroy one—how do we dare show ourselves in the light of day?
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
What other people do we always feel we could do better. Unfortunately we do not have the same feeling about what we ourselves do.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
The last whose disloyalty we forgive are those we have disappointed.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
If, as we grow older, we scrutinize our own past at the expense of “problems,” it is simply because we handle memories more readily than ideas.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born

foxmouth:

Photography, 2014 | by Garmonique
And the entire history of my love
Is you and this evening.
Hermann Hesse, Elizabeth  (via petrichour)

thelambstotheslaughter:

Killgasm | High On Church Fumes | A Stab in the Heart of Christ

Nature’s great mistake was to have been unable to confine herself to one “kingdom”: juxtaposed with the vegetable, everything else seems inopportune, out of place. The sun should have sulked at the appearance of the first insect, and gone out altogether with the advent of the chimpanzee.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born