Cortez the Killer
What a disappointment that Epicurus, the sage I most need, should have written over three hundred treatises! And what a relief that they are lost!
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
The mind that puts everything in question reaches, after a thousand interrogations, an almost total inertia, a situation which the inert, in fact, knows the start, by instinct. For what is inertia but a congenital perplexity?
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
… Experience only teaches us that often, or at most usually, one state of things follows upon another. Therefore experience can produce neither strict universality nor necessity. …

The Philosophy of Kant

Prolegomena

§33

All these poems where it is merely the Poem that is in question—a whole poetry with no other substance that itself! What would we say of a prayer whose object was religion?
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Once we appeal to our intimate selves, once we begin to labor and to produce, we lay claim to gifts, we become unconscious of our own gaps. No one is in a position to admit that what comes out of his own depths might be worthless. “Self-knowledge”? A contradiction in terms.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
When we are young, we take to a certain pleasure in our infirmities. They seem so new, so rich! With age, they no longer surprise us, we know them too well. Now, without anything unexpected in them, they do not deserve to be endured.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Characteristic of sickness to stay awake when everything sleeps, when everything is at rest, even the sick man.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
More than once, I have managed to leave my room, for if I had stayed there I could not be sure of being able to resist some sudden resolution. The street is more reassuring, you think less about yourself there, there everything weakens and wilts, beginning with your own confusion.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
If death is as horrible as is claimed, how is it that after the passage of a certain period of time we consider happy any being, friend or enemy, who has ceased to live?
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
At the climax of a failure, at the moment when shame is about to do us in, suddenly we are swept away by a frenzy of pride which lasts only long enough to drain us, to leave us without energy, to lower, with our powers, the intensity of our shame.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
He detested objective truths, the burden of argument, sustained reasoning. He disliked demonstrating, he wanted to convince no one. Others are a dialectician’s invention.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
The only successful philosophies and religions are the ones that flatter us, whether in the name of progress of of hell. Damned or not, man experiences an absolute need to be at the heart of everything. It is, fact, solely for this reason that he is man, that he has become man. And if some day he no longer feels this need, he must give away to some other animal prouder, madder than himself.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Mt disappointments, instead of converging toward a center and constituting if not a system at least an ensemble, are scattered, each supposing itself unique and thereby wasted, lacking organization.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Explosive force of any mortification. Every vanquished desire affords us power. We have the more hold over this world the further we withdraw from it, the less we adhere to it. Renunciation confers an infinite power.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
If we consider closely our so-called generous actions, there is none which, from some aspect, is not blameworthy and even harmful, so that we come to regret having performed it—so that we must choose, finally, between abstention and remorse.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born