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Charles Baudelaire Quotes & Quotations
Charles Baudelaire
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    A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    All which is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and calculation. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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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. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn't even need to exist. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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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. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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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. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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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. Charles-BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
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    It is from the womb of art that criticism was born. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan, as portrayed by Milton. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    It would perhaps be nice to be alternately the victim and the executioner. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    Modernity signifies the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art of which the other half is the eternal and the immutable. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    Music fathoms the sky. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    Nothing can be done except little by little. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be himself and others, as he wishes. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    The priest is an immense being because he makes the crowd believe astonishing things. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    There is no more steely barb than that of the Infinite. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start. Charles-Baudelaire/">Charles Baudelaire
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    This life is a hospital in which each patient is obsessed with the desire to change beds. Charles-Baudelaire/41.php">Charles Baudelaire
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    This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed. Charles-Baudelaire/42.php">Charles Baudelaire
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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. Charles-Baudelaire/43.php">Charles Baudelaire
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    We are all born marked for evil. Charles-Baudelaire/44.php">Charles Baudelaire
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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. Charles-Baudelaire/45.php">Charles Baudelaire
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    What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense. Charles-Baudelaire/46.php">Charles Baudelaire
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    Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty! Charles-Baudelaire/47.php">Charles Baudelaire