Charles Baudelaire Quotes

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XI (1887).
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 (1821-1867), French poet. Published in Intimate Journals, sect. 91 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. by Don Bachardy (1989). My Heart Laid Bare (c. 1865).
Being a useful man has always seemed to me to be something truly hideous.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XXI (1887).
The world only goes round by misunderstanding.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, Intimate Journals, sct. 99 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. Don Bachardy (1989).
I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, X (1887).
Love is a taste for prostitution. In fact, there is no noble pleasure that cannot be reduced to Prostitution.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, I (1887).
Imagination is an almost divine faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives everything: the secret and intimate connections between things, correspondences and analogies.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. New Notes on E. Poe, part III (1859).
Progress, this great heresy of decay.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. New Notes on E. Poe, part II (1859).
It is this admirable and immortal instinct for beauty which causes us to regard the earth and its spectacles as a glimpse, a correspondence of the beyond.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. New Notes on E. Poe, part IV (1859).
If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. New Notes on E. Poe, part IV (1859).