‘Those who write under the spell of inspiration, for whom thought is an expression of their organic nervous disposition, do not concern themselves with unity and systems. Such concerns, contradictions and facile paradoxes indicate an impoverished and insipid personal life…People who know only a few spiritual states and never live on the edge do not have contradictions, because their limited resources cannot form oppositions…All that is form, system, category, frame or plan tends to make things absolute and springs from a lack of inner energy, from a sterile spiritual life.’
Emil Cioran, On the Heights of Despair, translated by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston.
‘I distrust all systematizers, and avoid them. The will to a system shows a lack of honesty.’
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, translated by Anthony M. Ludovici.