Quotes by Emil Cioran

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Eternity is absence.
There is no false sensation.
To fear is to die every minute.
Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
Hope is the normal form of delirium.
I feel I am free but I know I am not.
Only what you hide is profound, is true.
Only the village idiot thinks they "belong",
For life is a vice: the greatest one of all.
What do you do from morning to night? I endure myself.
Only an idiot could think there is a point to any of this.
Old age, after all, is merely the punishment for having lived.
We have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly.
We must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.
We have lost, being born, as much as we shall lose, dying. Everything.
The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.
Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
From the cradle to the grave, each individual pays for the sin of not being God.
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