Charles Baudelaire Quotes

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

It is by universal misunderstanding that we agree with each other. If, by some misfortune, we understood each other, we would never agree.

Charles Baudelaire

Women do not know how to separate the soul from the body.

Charles Baudelaire

I have always been astonished that women are allowed to enter churches. What talk can they have with God?

Charles Baudelaire

Unable to do away with love, the Church found a way to decontaminate it by creating marriage.

Charles Baudelaire

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. As it turns out, work is less boring than amusing oneself.

Charles Baudelaire

To be a serviceable man has always seemed to me something quite repulsive.

Charles Baudelaire

A woman is natural: that is to say, abominable.

Charles Baudelaire

Perhaps it would be sweet to be, in turn, both victim and executioner.

Charles Baudelaire

Evil happens without effort, naturally, inevitably; good is always the product of skill.

Charles Baudelaire

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