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Advice
Engrave this Quote A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.
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-E. M. Cioran
Age
Engrave this Quote Show me one thing here on earth which has begun well and not ended badly. The proudest palpitations are engulfed in a sewer, where they cease throbbing, as though having reached their natural term: this downfall constitutes the heart's drama and the negative meaning of history.
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Anger
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Birth
Engrave this Quote Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
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Communism
Engrave this Quote We would not be interested in human beings if we did not have the hope of someday meeting someone worse off than ourselves.
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Conversation
Engrave this Quote Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
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Discontent
Engrave this Quote Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
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Discovery
Engrave this Quote The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live --moreover, the only one.
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Dreams
Engrave this Quote Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
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-E. M. Cioran, The Tempation to Exist
Ego
Engrave this Quote The source of our actions resides in an unconscious propensity to regard ourselves as the center, the cause, and the conclusion of time. Our reflexes and our pride transform into a planet the parcel of flesh and consciousness we are.
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Enthusiasm
Engrave this Quote We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
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Evil
Engrave this Quote Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
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Fame
Engrave this Quote To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
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Fanaticism
Engrave this Quote The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
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Fear
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Freedom
Engrave this Quote What we want is not freedom but its appearances. It is for these simulacra that man has always striven. And since freedom, as has been said, is no more than a sensation, what difference is there between being free and believing ourselves free?
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God
Engrave this Quote God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
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Engrave this Quote A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
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Grief, Grieving
Engrave this Quote No one can keep his grieves in their prime; they use themselves up.
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Habits
Engrave this Quote To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
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Identity
Engrave this Quote If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
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Justice
Engrave this Quote Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.
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Language
Engrave this Quote One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland --and no other.
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