Quotations by Charles Baudelaire

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Born: Monday, April 9, 1821
Died: Saturday, August 31, 1867 (46 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: French


A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Company, Garden, Party)

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Art, Passion)

A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Wife, Wine)

All which is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and calculation.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Reason, Result)

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Prose)

An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same time implies and contains an equally exquisite sense of all deformities and all disproportion.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Time, Beauty, Artist, Sense)

Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Food, Poetry, Man)

Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Life, Soul, Man)

Any newspaper, from the first line to the last, is nothing but a web of horrors, I cannot understand how an innocent hand can touch a newspaper without convulsing in disgust.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Disgust, First, Nothing)

Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Right, Talk)

As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Life, Feelings, Heart, Ecstasy, Horror)

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Beauty, Goal, Ambition, Taste)

But a dandy can never be a vulgar man.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Man)

Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Dreams, Common sense, Earth, Reality)

Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Religion, God)

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 Baudelaire
(Keywords: Beauty, Appetite, Satisfaction)

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Work)

Everything for me becomes allegory.
- Charles Baudelaire

Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Reason)

Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Art, Effort, Evil, Goodness)

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Art, Effort, Evil, Fate)

For each letter received from a creditor, write fifty lines on an extraterrestrial subject and you will be saved.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Will)

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Financial, Honesty)

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 Baudelaire
(Keywords: Poetry, Fact, France, Horror, Will, Writers)

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Genius, Childhood, Will)

God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn't even need to exist.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: God, Being, Order)

How little remains of the man I once was, save the memory of him! But remembering is only a new form of suffering.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Man, Memory, Suffering)

Hypocrite reader my fellow my brother!
- Charles Baudelaire

I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Disgust, Honor, Man)

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Beauty, Melancholy)

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.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Nature, Fancy, Nothing, Ugly)

I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Pleasure, Terror)

I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Memories, Old, Years)

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.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Love, Music, Trying)

If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Force)

In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Being, Danger, Ethics, Glory, Literature)

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.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Men, Artist, First, Man, Order, World)

Inspiration comes of working every day.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Inspiration, Day)

It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: People, Luck)

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Art, Criticism)

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Work, Despair)

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
(Keywords: Poetry, Time, Virtue, Being, Wine)

It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Time, Poetry, Virtue, Wine)

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
(Keywords: Beauty, Satan)

It would perhaps be nice to be alternately the victim and the executioner.
- Charles Baudelaire

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Inspiration, Common sense, Folk, Obvious, Sentiment)

Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Art, Being, Modernity)

Modernity is the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, which make up one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immutable. This transitory fugitive element, which is constantly changing, must not be despised or neglected.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Art, Being, Modernity)

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
(Keywords: Art, Modernity)

Music fathoms the sky.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Music, Sky)



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