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Pierre Charles Baudleaire Quotes





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

An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same time implies and contains an equally exquisite sense of all deformities and all disproportion.
 

I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
 

Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
 

There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.