Arthur Rimbaud Quotes

One evening I sat Beauty on my knees—And I found her bitter—And I reviled her.
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, Jadis, si je me souviens bien (originally published 1874). This image was parodied by Salvador Dali in a diary entry (Aug. 1, 1953): "I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it." (The Diary of a Genius, 1966).
I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there.
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, "Nuit de l'Enfer," (originally published 1874).
I invented the colors of the vowels!—A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green—I made rules for the form and movement of each consonant, and, and with instinctive rhythms, I flattered myself that I had created a poetic language accessible, some day, to all the senses.
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, "Délires II: Alchimie du Verbe," (1874). Rimbaud had already expressed the notion of the vowels possessing particular colors in the poem "Voyelles," 1871.
What a life! True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, "Délires I," (originally published 1874).