Emil Cioran Quotes



Best 10 On the Heights of Despair Quotes by Emil Cioran

On the Heights of Despair Quotes

“As far as I am concerned, I resign from humanity. I no longer want to be, nor can still be, a man. What should I do? Work for a social and political system, make a girl miserable? Hunt for weaknesses in philosophical systems, fight for moral and esthetic ideals? It’s all too little. I renounce my humanity even though I may find myself alone. But am I not already alone in this world from which I no longer expect anything?”

On the Heights of Despair

“How I wish I didn't know anything about myself and this world!”

On the Heights of Despair

“How important can it be that I suffer and think? My presence in this world will disturb a few tranquil lives and will unsettle the unconscious and pleasant naiveté of others. Although I feel that my tragedy is the greatest in history—greater than the fall of empires—I am nevertheless aware of my total insignificance. I am absolutely persuaded that I am nothing in this universe; yet I feel that mine is the only real existence.”

On the Heights of Despair

“I don’t understand why we must do things in this world, why we must have friends and aspirations, hopes and dreams. Wouldn’t it be better to retreat to a faraway corner of the world, where all its noise and complications would be heard no more? Then we could renounce culture and ambitions; we would lose everything and gain nothing; for what is there to be gained from this world?”

On the Heights of Despair

“I would like to be free, totaly free... free like an aborted child.”

On the Heights of Despair

“If I were to be totally sincere, I would say that I do not know why I live and why I do not stop living. The answer probably lies in the irrational character of life which maintains itself without reason.”

On the Heights of Despair

“No matter which way we go, it is no better than any other. It is all the same whether you achieve something or not, have faith or not, just as it is all the same whether you cry or remain silent.”

On the Heights of Despair

“Tears do not burn except in solitude.”

On the Heights of Despair

“True confessions are written with tears only. But my tears would drown the world, as my inner fire would reduce it to ashes.”

On the Heights of Despair

“We are so lonely in life that we must ask ourselves if the loneliness of dying is not a symbol of our human existence.”

On the Heights of Despair

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