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Charles Baudelaire Quotes


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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.
 

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
 

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
 

We are all born marked for evil.
 

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.
 

We love women in proportion to their degree of strangeness to us.
[Men]
 

What is art? Prostitution.
 

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.
 

What is irritating about love is that it is a crime that requires an accomplice.
[Beginnings]
 

Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty!
 

Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?
 


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