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Charles Baudelaire Quotes


A French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, artcritic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe.
(1821 - 1867)

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

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
 

A multitude of small delights constitute happiness.
[Happiness]
 

A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.
 

All which is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and calculation.
 

Always be a poet, even in prose.
[Poetry]
 

Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.
[Poetry]
 

Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul.
 

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.
 

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

As a remedy against all ills - poverty, sickness, and melanchol - only one thing is absolutely necessary: a liking for work.
[Work]
 

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

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
[Beauty]
 

But a dandy can never be a vulgar man.
 

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

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

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

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
[Work]
 

Everything for me becomes allegory.
 

Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.
 


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