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Single Idea 19614

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / d. Love]

Full Idea

As for lovers, they would be hateful if among their grimaces the presentiment of death did not hover.

Gist of Idea

Lovers are hateful, apart from their hovering awareness of death


E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 1 'Gamut')

Book Reference

Cioran,E.M.: 'A Short History of Decay', ed/tr. Howard,Richard [Penguin 2010], p.44

A Reaction

A nice existential corrective, if you were planning to build an ethical system around a rather sentimental idea of love! If you are not gripped by a latent fear that your beloved may die, I doubt whether you are in love.