Charles Baudelaire Quotes

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I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.

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Genius is childhood recalled at will.

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God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn't even need to exist.

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France is not poetic

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Hypocrite reader my fellow my brother!

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I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.

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I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.

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I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.

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How little remains of the man I once was, save the memory of him! But remembering is only a new form of suffering.

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For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.

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Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.

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Everything for me becomes allegory.

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Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.

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I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old.

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Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally

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This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.

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For each letter received from a creditor, write fifty lines on an extraterrestrial subject and you will be saved.

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Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate

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Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction.

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Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them.

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To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.

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Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.

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To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.

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We are all born marked for evil.

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We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.

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What is art? Prostitution.

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What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.

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Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.

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There is no more steely barb than that of the Infinite.

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Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?

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I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws.

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To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.

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There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.

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Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty!

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It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.

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It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.

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Inspiration comes of working every day.

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In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.

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In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.

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If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force.

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Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine.

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Music fathoms the sky.

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