148 Total Quotes

Charles Baudelaire Quotes

Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.
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This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.
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I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
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The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.
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True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.
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I have cultivated my hysteria with delight and terror. Now I suffer continually from vertigo, and today, 23rd of January, 1862, I have received a singular warning, I have felt the wind of the wing of madness pass over me.
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#Madness

All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory / of the absolute and of the particular. Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction creamed from the general surface of different beauties. The particular element in each manifestation comes from the emotions: and just as we have our own particular emotions, so we have our own beauty.
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The world only goes round by misunderstanding.
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The whole visible universe is but a storehouse of images and signs to which the imagination will give a relative place and value; it is a sort of pasture which the imagination must digest and transform.
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#Symbols #Images

It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
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In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.
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Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances.
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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.
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As the end of the century approaches, all our culture is like flies at the beginning of winter. Having lost their agility, dreamy and demented, they turn slowly about the window in the first icy mists of morning, . . . [then] they fall down the curtains.
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#Beginning

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.
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There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.
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There is no more steely barb than that of the Infinite.
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Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art
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It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
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I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old.
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Hypocritical reader, my double, my brother!
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#Brother

Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.
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A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
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