Education: LUCID PESSIMISM: A CIORAN SAMPLER

∙I was, I am, I will be, me is a question of grammar and not of existence.

∙To live here is death; elsewhere, suicide. Where can one go?

∙Every tormented person in the West makes one think of a hero of Dostoevsky with a bank account.

∙Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.

∙We are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher the poet's equal there.

∙The history of ideas is no more than a parade of labels converted into so many absolutes.

∙At any price, we must keep those who have too clear a conscience from living and dying in peace.

∙It...

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