On the Heights of Despair

One must descend all the circles of an inner hell to turn one’s destiny into a subjective yet universal problem. If you are not burned to ashes, you will then be able to philosophize lyrically. Only when you do not deign even to despise this world of unsolvable problems will you finally come to achieve a superior form of personal existence. And this will be so not because you have any special value or excellence, but because nothing interests you beyond your own personal agony.

-Emil Cioran, ‘On the Heights of Despair’.

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