Charles Baudelaire Quotes

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

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

Charles Baudelaire

The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.

Charles Baudelaire

The Revolution had been made by voluptuaries.

Charles Baudelaire

All great poets become naturally, fatally, critics.

Charles Baudelaire

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.

Charles Baudelaire

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.

Charles Baudelaire

An artist is only an artist thanks to his exquisite sense of beauty a sense which provides him with intoxicating delights, but at the same time implying and including a sense, equally exquisite, of all deformity and disproportion.

Charles Baudelaire

Progress, that great heresy of degenerates.

Charles Baudelaire

What is intoxicating about bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of offensiveness.

Charles Baudelaire

These tall and handsome ships, swaying imperceptibly on tranquil waters, these sturdy ships, with their inactive, nostalgic appearance, dont they say to us in a speechless tongue: When do we cast off for happiness?

Charles Baudelaire

To love intelligent women is the pleasure of a pederast.

Charles Baudelaire

The act of love strongly resembles torture or surgery.

Charles Baudelaire

God is the only being who need not even exist in order to reign. Whatever is created by the spirit is more alive than matter.

Charles Baudelaire

To do one's duty every day and trust in God for tomorrow.

Charles Baudelaire
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