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Cioran: Certainties have no style (1952)

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Certainties have no style: a concern for well-chosen words is the attribute of those who cannot rest easy in a faith. Lacking solid support, they cling to wordssemblances of reality; while the others, strong in their convictions, despise appearances and wallow in the comfort of improvisation.

All Gall Is Divided by Emile M. Cioran, translated from French by Richard Howard, New York: Arcade Publishing, [1952]1999 p. 3 (Google Books preview) Heres the original French version:

Avec des certitudes, point de style: le souci du bien - dire est lapanage de ceux qui ne peuvent sendormir avec une foi. dfaut dun appui solide, ils saccrochent aux mots, semblant de ralit; tandis que les autres, forts de leurs convictions, en mprisent lapparence et se prlassent dans le confort de limprovisation. ( Syllogismes de lamertume in Oeuvres , coll. Quarto, d. Gallimard, Paris, 1995, p. 746)
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By Philippe Theophanidis on June 3, 2012 Published in Art, Communication, Literature | Tagged: aphorism, certainty, Cioran, conviction, faith, improvisation
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