Losing love is so rich a philosophical ordeal that it makes a hairdresser into a rival of Socrates.

All Gall Is Divided by Emile M. Cioran, translated from French by Richard Howard, New York: Arcade Publishing, [1952]1999 p. 105 (Google Books preview)

Here’s the original French version:

Un amour qui s’en va est une si riche épreuve philosophique que, d’un coiffeur, elle fait un émule de Socrate. (Syllogismes de l’amertume in Oeuvres, coll. Quarto, éd. Gallimard, Paris, 1995, p. 793)

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