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"There is much pride and suffering in every renunciation. Instead of retreating discreetly, without a big show of revolt and hatred, you denounce, emphatically and haughtily, others’ ignorance and illusions; you condemn their pleasures. … Suffering and the consciousness of its inescapability lead to renunciation; yet nothing would induce me, not even if I were to become a leper, to condemn another’s joy. There is much envy in every act of condemnation."
—  E. M. Cioran, On the Heights of Despair, trans.┬áIlinca Zarifopol-Johnston