These beings have no other profession than to cultivate the idea of beauty in their person, to satisfy their passions, to feel and to think.
There is in a word, in a verb, something sacred which forbids us from using it recklessly. To handle a language cunningly is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.
There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for.
Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.
Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
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 disproportions.
I am the wound and the knife! I am the slap and the cheek! I am the limbs and the rack, And the victim and the executioner! I am the vampire of my own heart.
This life is a hospital where each patient is possessed by the desire to change his bed.
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.
I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust..
The Revolution had been made by voluptuaries.
All great poets become naturally, fatally, critics.
It is at once by way of poetry and through poetry, as with music, that the soul glimpses splendors from beyond the tomb; and when an exquisite poem brings ones eyes to the point of tears, those tears are not evidence of an excess of joy, they are witness far more to an exacerbated melancholy, a disposition of the nerves, a nature exiled among imperfect things, which would like to possess, without delay, a paradise revealed on this very same earth.