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As Diogenes lived in a tub Cioran lived on the intellectual margins of the modern world He never lectured or held an academic position Like his friends Beckett and Ionesco he stood apart from all the official trappings of his chosen medium philosophy There is a kind A Wonderfully Venomous TextCioran pokes and prods the bubble of language mercilessly He knows he cannot harm it but he can mock it and taunt it Like a Prophet of the Old Testament he can demand a reaction from the beastial being which is everywhere and nowhere Like a prisoner of war he can engage in trivial sabotage to make language exert its power and cruelty openlyIn order to really hate language one must first love it above all else to realise that language is all we have even as it holds us in its fatal grip To cleanse literature of its greasepaint to see its real countenance is as dangerous as to dispossess philosophy of its jargon Do the mind s creations come down to the transfiguration of trifles Is there some sort of substance only beyond words in catalepsy or the skull s grin The only option is to use language without restraint to beat it to make it reveal itself for what it is a means of manipulation masuerading as rapportage What makes a work last what keeps it from dating is its ferocity A gratuitous assertion Consider the prestige of the Gospels that aggressive book a venomous text if ever there was one Only then can language be seen for what it is a fa ade the purpose of which is to maintain the momentum of the species That there should be a reality hidden behind appearances is after all uite possible that language might render such a thing would be an absurd hope Yet we are propelled by just that hopeWe are dominated by the cancer of the word We deceive ourselves into believing our own press If we believe so ingenuously in ideas it is because we forget that they were conceived by mammals We literally consume ourselves through thought Mind is the great profiteer of the body s defeats It grows rich at the expense of the flesh it pillages Perhaps we are not the crown of evolution but its lowest rung verging on the temptation to take refuge in the euilibrium of the mineral kingdom Indeed In this provisional universe our axioms have only the value of fait divers But the situation is even worse than it appears because With every idea born in us something in us rots Language kills from the inside Those of us who manage to survive temporarily are doomed to plagiarism or reviewing

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Viary of estrangement which nonetheless ends by rejoicing in die contradictions and confusions of human fate As his Pulitzer Prize winning translator Richard Howard remarks You fraternize with Emil Cioran at your peril but it is the kind of danger that keeps you ali SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTSWhen he wrote that You side with life only when you utter with all your heart a banality EM Cioran was not recommending the uttering of banalities He didn t want to side with life He was a bitter nihilist who worshiped suicide as an idealI wonder how much of Cioran s venom was sincere Like every iconoclast he also wrote I have broken my idols in order to offer sacrifices to their debris But where he derides I applaud In my bourgeois conventionality I like the idea that a banal sentiment is a sort of pledge of allegiance to lifeBanality is closely allied to commonness familiarity ubiuitous repetition and after all life is that which repeats itself Nature is the most banal thing in the world The days and seasons turn and return The chemical composition of most objects suggests clich Plants and animals are repeated in their offspring Novelties when they occur end most of the time in extinctionTherefore standing upright and with my hand on my heart I will gladly tell you that the view really is beautiful that the weather is lovely today that kids grow up too fast Again and again I will tell my wife I love you May I never cease to utter with all my heart such banalitiesORIGINAL REVIEWYou can blame the translator for the title The French original didn t work in English so he borrowed the first line of Caesar s Gallic War Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres and made a pun It works for me but regardless Cioran had plenty of gall He was a world class misanthropist I prefer The Trouble with Being Born to the present volume but there are at least a couple typewritten pages worth of good bitter aphorisms in here If that seems very few out of a fair sized book well how seriously can you take someone who earnestly says things like I believe in the salvation of humanity in the future of cyanide People who walk around in their own personal stormcloud and insist on narrating the terrible weather for you get irksome after a while A few of the better bits Insomnia is the only form of heroism compatible with a bed The last resort of those stricken by fate is the idea of fate In periods of peace hating for the pleasure of hating we must find the enemies which suit us a delicious task which exciting times spare us The lamb s aspiration to become a wolf brings about the majority of events Those who have none dream of fangs A statesman who shows no signs of senility is the one I am afraid of Only superficial minds approach an idea with delicacy The pessimist has to invent new reasons to exist every day he is a victim of the meaning of life Skepticism is the elegance of anxiety If we believe so ingenuously in ideas it is because we forget that they were conceived by mammals A philosophical vogue is as irresistible as a gastronomic one an idea is no better refuted than a sauce

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Of manic humor in these howls of pain a vestige of tears in these derisions not since Nietzsche has a thinker revealed himself so drastically; not since Heraclitus has the necessity of fragments been so embraced All Gall Is Divided is a pillow book in reverse a bre This morning I skipped breakfast and had 3 shots of espresso before finishing the book I could recommend that others do the sameNo one I believe can gnaw one to the bone with anxiety and despair as uickly and mercilessly as Mr Cioran I am forever in his debt


10 thoughts on “Syllogismes de l'amertume

  1. says:

    A Wonderfully Venomous TextCioran pokes and prods the bubble of language mercilessly He knows he cannot harm it but he can mock it and taunt it

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    Cioran the darkest most ironic of aphorists Strange but his outlook is so relentlessly bleak so completely nihilistic that he often makes me laugh Such honesty is rare and bracingHere are a few examples of what I mean If there is anyone who owes everything to Bach it is certainly GodI am like a broken puppet whose eyes have fallen

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    Plutarch nowadays would write the Parallel Lives of Losers English Romanticism was a happy mixture of laudanum exile and tuberculosis; German Romanticism of alcohol suicide and the provinces To be a Raskolnikov

  4. says:

    So bleak that it's almost hysterical But really I love E M Cioran because I feel he sees the world in its proper light

  5. says:

    This morning I skipped breakfast and had 3 shots of espresso before finishing the book I could recommend that others do the sameNo one I believe can gnaw one to the bone with anxiety and despair as uickly and mercilessly as Mr Cioran; I am forever in his debt

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    Masochism brought to extreme hate of everything Hate of humans because he hates himself Hate of religion although he is a mystic making a living from selling mysticisms Hate of the West although he very much likes living in the West A refined peasant the kind that washes the dirt of his feet before stepping into a sports Mercedes He does n

  7. says:

    SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTSWhen he wrote that “You side with life only when you utter – with all your heart – a banality” EM Cioran was not recommending the uttering of banalities He didn’t want to side with life He was a bit

  8. says:

    My oh my there are some serious gems in hereNot having managed to celebrate abortion or legalize cannibalism modern socie

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    Not as bitingly funny or intensely satisfying as The Trouble With Being Born or A Short History of Decay still I have to fa

  10. says:

    The best kind of philosophy makes you want to write your own; it rearranges the way you think and makes you want to have an impact all your own I consider EM Cioran one of the greatest philosophers of all time and All Gall Is Divided is as great place to start with him as any He was one of the first guys to ex