Quotes by Emile M. Cioran

A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
– Emile M. Cioran
A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate.
– Emile M. Cioran
A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.
– Emile M. Cioran
A great step forward was made the day men understood that in order to torment one another more efficiently they would have to gather together, to organize themselves into a society.
– Emile M. Cioran
A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and it's tomb.
– Emile M. Cioran
A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions.
– Emile M. Cioran
A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
– Emile M. Cioran
Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
– Emile M. Cioran
Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
– Emile M. Cioran
Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.
– Emile M. Cioran
Balkans - that taste for devastation, for internal clutter, for a universe like a brothel on fire the last primitives in Europe.
– Emile M. Cioran
Basis of society: anonymous sweat.
– Emile M. Cioran
Better to be an animal than a man, an insect than an animal, a plant than an insect, and so on. Salvation? Whatever diminishes the kingdom of consciousness and compromises its supremacy.
– Emile M. Cioran
By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.
– Emile M. Cioran
Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself.
– Emile M. Cioran
Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
– Emile M. Cioran
Consciousness is nature's nightmare.
– Emile M. Cioran
Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
– Emile M. Cioran
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
– Emile M. Cioran
Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people? If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish.
– Emile M. Cioran