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Ideas of E.M. Cioran, by Text

[Roumanian, 1911 - 1995, Freelance writer.]

1949 A Short History of Decay
1 'Defense' p.93 Opportunists can save a nation, and heroes can ruin it
1 'Disintoxication' p.76 The pointlessness of our motives and irrelevance of our gestures reveals our vacuity
1 'Dislocation' p.14 You are stuck in the past if you don't know boredom
1 'Farewell' p.49 I abandoned philosophy because it didn't acknowledge melancholy and human weakness
1 'Farewell' p.50 Great systems of philosophy are just brilliant tautologies
1 'Farewell' p.50 To live authentically, we must see that philosophy is totally useless
1 'Farewell' p.51 Originality in philosophy is just the invention of terms
1 'Felicity' p.84 Intelligence only fully flourishes at the end of a historical period
1 'Felicity' p.84 The ideal is to impose a religion by force, and then live in doubt about its beliefs
1 'Gamut' p.44 Lovers are hateful, apart from their hovering awareness of death
1 'Gamut' p.44 I want to suppress in myself the normal reasons people have for action
1 'Genealogy' p.3 Ideas are neutral, but people fill them with passion and weakness
1 'Genealogy' p.3 When man abandons religion, he then follows new fake gods and mythologies
'1 'La Perduta' p.79 Circles of hell are ridiculous; all that matters is to be there
1 'Militant' p.46 As the perfect wisdom of detachment, philosophy offers no rivals to Taoism
1 'Militant' p.46 Evidence suggests that humans do not have a purpose
1 'Resources' p.39 Religions see suicide as insubordination
1 'Resources' p.39 No one has ever found a good argument against suicide
1 'The Coming' p.89 Our instincts had to be blunted and diminished, to make way for consciousness!
1 'The Devil' p.21 Why is God so boring, and why does God resemble humanity so little?
1 'The Indirect' p.27 Despite endless suggestions, no one has found a goal for history
1 'The Indirect5' p.27 Unlike other creatures, mankind seems lost in nature
1 'The Key' p.28 We can only live because our imagination and memory are poor
1 'The Reactionary' p.40 The universe is dirty and fragile, as if a scandal in nothingness had produced its matter
1 'The Reactionary' p.41 It is pointless to refuse or accept the social order; we must endure it like the weather
1 'Twilight' p.36 Wisdom is just the last gasp of a dying civilization
1 'Variations' p.11 Life is now more dreaded than death
1'Resources' p.38 If you have not contemplated suicide, you are a miserable worm
3 p.115 At a civilisation's peak values are all that matters, and people unconsciously live by them
3 p.115 A nation gives expression to its sum of values, and is then exhausted
3 p.118 No great idea ever emerged from a dialogue
3 p.123 An axiom has no more authority than a frenzy
3 p.123 The history of ideas (and deeds) occurs in a meaningless environment
3 p.125 We use concepts to master our fears; saying 'death' releases us from confronting it
4 'Threat' p.140 Man is never himself; he always aims at less than life, or more than life
5 p.151 Truth is just an error insufficiently experienced
5 p.153 History is wonderfully devoid of meaning
6 'Obsequies' p.167 If you lack beliefs, boredom is your martyrdom
6 'The Architect' p.164 No one is brave enough to say they don't want to do anything; we despise such a view
6 'Truths' p.180 Some thinkers would have been just as dynamic, no matter when they had lived
6 'Underside' p.158 Metaphysics is a universalisation of physical anguish
6 'Views' p.176 Eventually every 'truth' is guaranteed by the police
6 'Views' p.177 History is the bloody rejection of boredom
6 'Views' p.177 A religion needs to motivate killings, and cannot tolerate rivals
6 'We' p.183 Values don't accumulate; they are ruthlessly replaced
6 'Wonders' p.162 We all need sexual secrets!
'The Abstract' p.29 The mind is superficial, only concerned with the arrangement of events, not their significance
1973 The Trouble with Being Born
01 p.2 It is better to watch the hours pass, than trying to fill them
01 p.11 The first man obviously found paradise unendurable
01 p.16 So-called wisdom is just pondering things instead of acting
02 p.24 If only we could write like a reptile, of endless sensations and no concepts!
02 p.25 Negation doesn't arise from reasoning, but from deep instincts
02 p.27 People who really believe anti-realism don't bother to prove it
02 p.27 Suicide is pointless, because it always comes too late
05 p.65 Fear cures boredom, because it is stronger
06 p.79 We morally dissolve if we spend time with excessive beauty
06 p.82 We could only be responsible if we had consented before birth to who we are
07 p.99 Systems are the worst despotism, in philosophy and in life
08 p.113 Convictions are failures to study anything thoroughly
09 p.123 In anxiety people cling to what reinforces it, because it is a deep need
09 p.127 A text explained ceases to be a text
09 p.133 If people always acted without words we would take them for robots
12 p.166 The word 'being' is very tempting, but in fact means nothing at all
12 p.169 Opinions are fine, but having convictions means something has gone wrong