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Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Our squalid society rushed, Narcissus to a man, to gaze on its trivial image on a scrap of metal.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Eternal superiority of the Dandy. What is the Dandy?”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “If a given combination of trees, mountains, water, and houses, say a landscape, is beautiful, it is not so by itself, but because of me, of my favor, of the idea or feeling I attach to it.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “I am bored in France because everyone resembles Voltaire.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “On the vaporization and the centralization of the Self. All is there.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Multitude, solitude: equal and interchangeable terms for the active and prolific poet.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Free man, you will always cherish the sea! The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul In the infinite unrolling of its billows; Your mind is an abyss that is no less bitter.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “If wine were to disappear from human production, I believe it would cause an absence, a failure in health and intellect, a void much more terrifying than all the recesses and the deviations for which wine is regarded as responsible.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Le beau est toujours bizarre.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Do you come from Heaven or rise from the abyss, Beauty?”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Progress, this great heresy of decay.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Je ne suis pas le Styx pour t’embrasser neuf fois.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “You walk on corpses, beauty, undismayed.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity – that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are a essential part and characteristic of beauty.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “The lover of life makes the whole world into his family, just as the lover of the fair sex creates his from all the lovely women he has found, from those that could be found, and those who are impossible to find.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Torture, as the art of discovering the truth, is barbaric nonsense; it is the application of a material means to a spiritual end.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “A precious liquid, a poison dearer than that of the Borgias – because it is made from our blood, our health, our sleep, and two-thirds of our love – we must be stingy with it.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “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.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “L’imagination est la reine du vrai, et le possible est une des provinces du vrai. Imagination is the queen of the truth and the possible is one of the provinces of the truth.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan, as portrayed by Milton.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Where are the dogs going? you people who pay so little attention ask. They are going about their business. And they are very punctilious, without wallets, notes, and without briefcases.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “If the word doesn’t exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn’t exist.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “There is no more steely barb than that of the Infinite.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “For me, Romanticism is the most recent and the most current expression of beauty.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “The taste for pleasure attaches us to the present. The concern with our salvation leaves us hanging on the future.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Poetry has no goal other than itself; it can have no other, and no poem will be so great, so noble, so truly worthy of the name of poem, than one written uniquely for the pleasure of writing a poem.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “As a remedy against all ills – poverty, sickness, and melancholy – only one thing is absolutely necessary: a liking for work.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Comme l’imagination a cre e le monde, elle le gouverne. Because imagination created the world, it governs it.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Forest, I fear you! In my ruined heart your roaring wakens the same agony as in cathedrals when the organ moans and from the depths I hear that I am damned.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Within the bottle’s depths, the wine’s soul sang one night. Drink wine, drink poetry, drink virtue.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “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 Quote: “Blessed art Thou, Lord, who giveth suffering As a divine remedy for our impurities.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Like those great sphinxes lounging through eternity in noble attitudes upon the desert sand, they gaze incuriously at nothing, calm and wise.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism should be partial, passionate and political, that is to say, written from an exclusive point of view, but a point of view that opens up the widest horizons.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “A Dandy does nothing.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “We revel in the laxness of the path we take.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Avalanche, veux-tu m’emporter dans ta chute?”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “What a mysterious faculty is that queen of the faculties!”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Love is the natural occupation of the man of leisure.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Everything for me becomes allegory.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “I lived for a long time under vast porticos That maritime suns tinted with a thousand fires, And whose great pillars, straight and majestuous In the evening made seem like basaltic caves.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “Alas! Man’s vices, horrible as they are supposed to be, contain the positive proof of his taste for the infinite.”
Charles Baudelaire Quote: “There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.”
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