Charles Baudelaire Quotes

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

Genius is childhood recalled at will... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

France is not poetic.. view

By: Charles Baudelaire

Hypocrite reader my fellow my brother!.. view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

Everything for me becomes allegory... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally.. view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

We are all born marked for evil... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

What is art? Prostitution... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

Inspiration comes of working every day... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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... view

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

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

By: Charles Baudelaire

Music fathoms the sky... view

By: Charles Baudelaire