Charles Baudelaire Quotes

One can only forget about time by making use of it.

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

The observer is a prince who enjoys his incognito everywhere. The lover of life makes the world his family, just as the lover of the fair sex devises his family from all discovered, discoverable and undiscoverable beauties; as the lover of pictures lives in an enchanted society of painted dreams on canvas.

Charles Baudelaire

Genius is only childhood recovered at will, childhood now gifted to express itself with the faculties of manhood and with the analytic mind that allows him to give order to the heap of unwittingly hoarded material.

Charles Baudelaire

This life is a hospital where each patient is possessed by the desire to change his bed.

Charles Baudelaire

The soul is a thing so impalpable, so often useless and sometimes so embarrassing that I suffered, upon losing it, a little less emotion than if I had mislaid, while out on a stroll, my calling-card.

Charles Baudelaire

To be wicked is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that you are; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil from stupidity.

Charles Baudelaire

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