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Emil Cioran

Every work turns against its author: the poem will crush the poet, the system the philosopher, the event the man of action. Destruction awaits anyone who, answering to his vocation and fulfilling it, exerts himself within history; only the man who sacrifices every gift and talent escapes: released from his humanity, he may lodge himself in Being. […] One always perishes by the self one assumes: to bear a name is to claim an exact mode of collapse. — Emil Cioran, The Temptation to Exist. (University of Chicago Press; 1 edition July 20, 1998) Originally published 1956.

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