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Charles Baudelaire Quotes



Quotes by Charles Baudelaire - (64 quotes)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Acceptance category:

Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Accidents category:

In art, there is one thing which does not receive sufficient attention. The element which is left to the human will is not nearly so large as people think. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Amusement category:

Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Artists category:

An artist is only an artist on condition that he neglects no aspect of his dual nature. This dualism is the power of being oneself and someone else at one and the same time. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Artists category:

In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Authority category:

The People adore authority. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Authority category:

The priest is an immense being because he makes the crowd believe astonishing things. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Beauty category:

Strangeness is the indispensable condiment of all beauty. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Beauty category:

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)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Beauty category:

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Beginning category:

There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Books category:

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

Charles Baudelaire - From the Change category:

This life is a hospital where every patient is possessed with the desire to change beds... (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Change category:

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

Charles Baudelaire - From the Colour category:

Color... thinks by itself, independently of the object it clothes. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Colour category:

Pure draughtsmen are philosophers and dialecticians. Colourists are epic poets. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Criticism category:

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Danger category:

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

Charles Baudelaire - From the Drawing category:

All good and genuine draftsmen draw according to the picture inscribed in their minds, and not according to nature. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Drunkenness category:

It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Eroticism category:

Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Gender category:

Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Goodness category:

Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Imitation category:

Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature? (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Immortality category:

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

Charles Baudelaire - From the Immortality category:

The insatiable thirst for everything which lies beyond, and which life reveals, is the most living proof of our immortality. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Importance category:

To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Inspiration category:

Inspiration comes of working every day. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Language category:

To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Life category:

As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Love category:

I love the clouds... the clouds that pass by... over there... over there... those lovely clouds! (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Love category:

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)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Memory category:

I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Methodology category:

As for techniques and processes, as seen in the works themselves, neither public nor artists will find anything about them here. Those things are learned in the studio and the public is interested only in the results. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Modernism category:

Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Modernism category:

To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Music category:

I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Music category:

Music fathoms the sky. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Nature category:

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)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Obsession category:

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Originality category:

Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Performance category:

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. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Pleasure category:

The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Poetry category:

Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Poetry category:

The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be himself and others, as he wishes. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Portraiture category:

Nothing in a portrait is a matter of indifference. Gesture, grimace, clothing, decor even – all must combine to realize a character. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Prayer category:

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

Charles Baudelaire - From the Progress category:

Nothing can be done except little by little. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Questions category:

What is art? Prostitution. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Reality category:

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

Charles Baudelaire - From the Religion category:

Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Religion category:

Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Sadness category:

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Shock category:

Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty! (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Taste category:

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Taste category:

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Time category:

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Time category:

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)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Travel category:

Carriage, take me with you! Ship, steal me away from here! / Take me far, far away. Here the mud is made of our tears! (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Understanding category:

It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Universe category:

The whole of visible universe is only a storehouse of images and signs to which the imagination assigns a place and a relative value; it is a kind of nourishment that the imagination must digest and transform. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Wonder category:

The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Work category:

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire - From the Writing category:

Always be a poet, even in prose. (Charles Baudelaire)