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E. M. Cioran quotes: perdition, history, worship, knowledge, infinity, doubt, and nothingness

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas

 

                

 

“We are doomed to perdition each time life does not reveal itself as a miracle, each time the moment no longer moans in a supernatural shudder.”

                E. M. Cioran

 

 

“History is nothing but a procession of false Absolutes, a series of temples raised to pretexts, a degradation of the mind before the Improbable.”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“It is not easy to destroy an idol: it takes as much time as is required to promote and to worship one. For it is not enough to annihilate its material symbol, which is easy; but its roots in the soul. How turn your eyes toward the twilight ages- where the past was liquidated under a scrutiny which only the void could dazzle...?”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“...I contemplate the spasm of ideas, while the Void smiles at itself.”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“The idea of infinity must have been born on a day of slackening when some vague languor infiltrated into geometry, like the first act of knowledge at the moment when, in the silence of reflexes, a macabre shudder isolated the perception of its object.”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“Here certitudes abound: suppress them, best of all suppress their consequences, and you recover paradise. What is the Fall but the pursuit of a truth and the assurance you have found it, the passion for a dogma, domicile within a dogma?”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“But when we return to ourselves and we are alone- without the company of words- we rediscover the unqualified universe, the pure object, the naked event...”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“One touch of clearsightedness reduces us to our primal state: nakedness...”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“...This is the hernia of image, the transcendental rupture of poor words, born of everyday use and miraculously raised to the heart's altitudes.”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“I should have liked to sow Doubt into the entrails of the Globe, to imbue its substance with Doubt, to enthrone Doubt where the mind never penetrated, and before reaching the marrow of mankind, to shake the calm of stones, to introduce there the insecurity and the anguish of the heart. ...As men cherish a secret craving to repudiate themselves, I should have provoked self-betrayal everywhere, plunged innocence into stupor, multiplied disloyalties, kept the multitude from wallowing in the compost heap of certitudes.”

                E.M Cioran

 

 

“I have sought for the geography of Nothingness, of unknown seas and another sun... for the rocking of a skeptical ocean in which islands and axioms are drowned, the vast liquid narcotic, tepid and sweet and tired of knowledge...”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

“If with each word we win a victory over nothingness, it is only better to endure its reign. We die in proportion to the words which we fling around us. ...Those who speak have no secrets. And we all speak. We betray ourselves... executioner of the unspeakable, each of us labors to destroy all the mysteries, beginning with our own.”

                E.M. Cioran

 

 

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way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra

 

 

THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

 

 

 

      

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