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Charles Baudelaire quotes

In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.

There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.

Inspiration comes of working every day.

Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty!

There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.

It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.

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 disproportion.

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.

Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams.

The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.

It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan, as portrayed by Milton.

The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.

I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.

The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.

Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction.

This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.

We are all born marked for evil.

Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.