Charles Baudelaire Quotes

Woman is natural, that is to say, abominable.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XVIII (1887).
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Where one should see only what is beautiful, our public looks only for what is true.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "Théophile Gautier," part IV (1859).
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The taste for pleasure attaches us to the present. The concern with our salvation leaves us hanging on the future.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XXXIX (1887).
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In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "Théophile Gautier," part I (1859).
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God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn't even need to exist.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, I (1887).
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Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "Théophile Gautier," part II (1859).
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Any newspaper, from the first line to the last, is nothing but a web of horrors.... I cannot understand how an innocent hand can touch a newspaper without convulsing in disgust.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, LIX (1887).
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It is one of the prodigious privileges of art that the horrific, artistically expressed, becomes beauty, and that sorrow, given rhythm and cadence, fills the spirit with a calm joy.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "Théophile Gautier," part IV (1859).
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For each letter received from a creditor, write fifty lines on an extraterrestrial subject and you will be saved.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, IX (1887).
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The religious inebriation of big cities.—Pantheism. I am everyone; everyone is me. Whirlwind.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, II (1887).
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