Emil Cioran Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old emil cioran quotes, emil cioran sayings, and emil cioran proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Fear can supplant our real problems only to the extent --unwilling either to assimilate or to exhaust it --we perpetuate it within ourselves like a temptation and enthrone it at the very heart of our solitude.     

Emil Cioran

The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.     

Emil Cioran

Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.     

Emil Cioran

A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate.     

Emil Cioran

Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.     

Emil Cioran

Nostalgia, more than anything, gives us the shudder of our own imperfection. This is why with Chopin we feel so little like gods.     

Emil Cioran

Tears do not burn except in solitude.     

Emil Cioran

Illusion begets and sustains the world; we do not destroy one without destroying the other.     

Emil Cioran

Each of us is born with a share of purity, predestined to be corrupted by our commerce with mankind.     

Emil Cioran

Tears do not burn except in solitude.     

Emil Cioran

Humanity adores only those who cause it to perish.     

Emil Cioran

A civilization begins to decline the moment Life becomes its sole obsession.     

Emil Cioran

Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.     

Emil Cioran

Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.     

Emil Cioran

When you know yourself well and do not despise yourself utterly, it is because you are too exhausted to indulge in extreme feelings.     

Emil Cioran

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.     

Emil Cioran

Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.     

Emil Cioran

Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui.     

Emil Cioran

The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.     

Emil Cioran