Cortez the Killer
As a young man, I bored myself to death, but I believed in myself. If I had no suspicion of the dreary creature I was to become, I knew nonetheless that, whatever happened, Perplexity would not desert me, that it would keep watch over my years with all the zeal and exactitude of Providence.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
The older I grow, the less I react to frenzy, delirium. My taste, among thinkers, now goes only to extinct volcanoes.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
"What are you waiting for in order to give up?" —Each sickness sends us a summons disguised as a question. We play deaf, even as we realize that the game is played out and that next time we must have the courage, at last, to capitulate.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Firsthand thinkers meditate upon things; the others upon problems. We must live face to face with being, and not with the mind.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Suddenly feeling that you know as much as God about anything and everything and quite as suddenly seeing this sensation vanish…
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Pure time, time decanted, freed of events, beings, and things, appears only at certain moments of the night, when you feel it coming on, with the on intention of sweeping you off toward an exemplary catastrophe.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
The more you are a victim of contradictory impulses, the less you know which to yield to. To lack character—precisely that and nothing but.
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
oursoulsaredamned:

The Infernal Torments of the Damned, from an illuminated manuscript of Augustine’s City of God, 15th century.

oursoulsaredamned:

The Infernal Torments of the Damned, from an illuminated manuscript of Augustine’s City of God, 15th century.

The fundamental underlying principle of everything is that of nihilism. The primordial essence. That which once was will always be and forever remain the same. As is eternity.

To claim you are more detached, more alien to everything than anyone, and to be merely a fanatic of indifference!
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Each time I have a lapse of memory, I think of the anguish which must afflict those who know they no longer remember anything. But something tells me that after a certain time a secret joy possesses them, a joy the would not agree to trade for any of their memories, even the most stirring….
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born
Self-knowledge—the bitterest knowledge of all and also the kind we cultivate least: what is the use of catching ourselves out, morning to night, in the act of illusion, pitilessly tracing each act back to its root, and losing case after case before our own tribunal?
E. M. Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born

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mortem-et-necromantia:

Antonio Rizzi - 1914. All’armi (1916).

mortem-et-necromantia:

Antonio Rizzi - 1914. All’armi (1916).

thedemon-hauntedworld:

Tadpole galaxy Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and obtained from the Hubble Legacy Archive, which is a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI/NASA), the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF/ESA) and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC/NRC/CSA).
Credit: NASA, Hubble, Mehdi Bozzo-Rey

thedemon-hauntedworld:

Tadpole galaxy
Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and obtained from the Hubble Legacy Archive, which is a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI/NASA), the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF/ESA) and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC/NRC/CSA).

Credit: NASA, Hubble, Mehdi Bozzo-Rey