Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

French poet

Lived from: 1821-1867

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Charles Baudelaire

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    There are in every man, always, two simultaneous allegiances, one to God, the other to Satan. Invocation of God, or Spirituality, is a desire to climb higher; that of Satan, or animality, is delight in descent.
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    A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
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    A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.
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    All fashions are charming, or rather relatively charming, each one being a new striving, more or less well conceived, after beauty, an approximate statement of an ideal, the desire for which constantly teases the unsatisfied human mind.
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    Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.
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    Any man who does not accept the conditions of human life sells his soul.
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    Every idea is endowed of itself with immortal life, like a human being. All created form, even that which is created by man, is immortal. For form is independent of matter: molecules do not constitute form.
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    Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
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    Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.
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    Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
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    For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.
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    Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.
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    Hypocrite reader - my fellow - my brother!
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    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.
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    I have cultivated my hysteria with delight and terror. Now I suffer continually from vertigo, and today, 23rd of January, 1862, I have received a singular warning, I have felt the wind of the wing of madness pass over me.
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