Charles Baudelaire Famous Quotes & Sayings

100 Charles Baudelaire Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity - that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are an essential part and characteristic of beauty. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity
The poet is like the prince of clouds
Who haunts the tempest and laughs at the archer;
Exiled on the ground in the midst of jeers,
His giant wings prevent him from walking.
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The poet is like the prince of cloudsWho haunts the tempest and laughs at the
I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up
All fashions are charming, or rather relatively charming, each one being a new striving, more or less well conceived, after beauty, an approximate statement of an ideal, the desire for which constantly teases the unsatisfied human mind. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: All fashions are charming, or rather relatively charming, each one being a new striving, more
Alas, human vices, however horrible one might imagine them to be, contain the proof (were it only in their infinite expansion) of man's longing for the infinite; but it is a longing that often takes the wrong route. It is my belief that the reason behind all culpable excesses lies in this depravation of the sense of the infinite. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Alas, human vices, however horrible one might imagine them to be, contain the proof (were
Our squalid society rushed, Narcissus to a man, to gaze on its trivial image on a scrap of metal. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Our squalid society rushed, Narcissus to a man, to gaze on its trivial image on
To fornicate is to aspire to enter into another; the artist never emerges from himself. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: To fornicate is to aspire to enter into another; the artist never emerges from himself.
The Poet is a kinsman in the clouds
Who scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day;
But on the ground, among the hooting crowds,
He cannot walk, his wings are in the way.
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The Poet is a kinsman in the cloudsWho scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day;But
A study of the Great Malady; horror of home. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: A study of the Great Malady; horror of home.
Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism should be partial, passionate and political, that is to say, written from an exclusive point of view, but a point of view that opens up the widest horizons. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism should be partial,
Extract the eternal from the ephemeral. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Extract the eternal from the ephemeral.
Thanks be to God, Who gives us suffering
as sacred remedy for all our sins,
that best and purest essence which prepares
the strong in spirit for divine delights!
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Thanks be to God, Who gives us sufferingas sacred remedy for all our sins,that best
A man who drinks only water has a secret to hide from his fellow men. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: A man who drinks only water has a secret to hide from his fellow men.
- Who dares, in front of Love, to mention Hell?
Curbed forever be that useless dreamer
Who first imagined, in his brutish mind,
Of sheer futility the fatuous schemer,
Honour with Love could ever be combined.
He who in mystic union would enmesh
Shadow with warmth, and daytime with the night,
Will never warm his paralytic flesh
At the red sun of amorous delight.
Go, if you wish, and seek some boorish lover:
Offer your virgin heart to his crude hold,
Full of remorse and horror you'll recover,
And bring me your scarred breast to be consoled ...
Down here, a soul can only serve one master.
(Damned Women)
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: - Who dares, in front of Love, to mention Hell?Curbed forever be that useless dreamer
Genius is childhood recovered at will. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Genius is childhood recovered at will.
Finer than any sand are dusts of gold that gleam, Vague starpoints, in the mystic iris of their eyes. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Finer than any sand are dusts of gold that gleam, Vague starpoints, in the mystic
I have felt the wind on the wing of madness. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: I have felt the wind on the wing of madness.
Listen, my dear-- with soft step the night hears. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Listen, my dear-- with soft step the night hears.
The son will run away from the family not at eighteen but at twelve, emancipated by his gluttonous precocity; he will fly not to seek heroic adventures, not to deliver a beautiful prisoner from a tower, not to immortalize a garret with sublime thoughts, but to found a business, to enrich himself and to compete with his infamous papa. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The son will run away from the family not at eighteen but at twelve, emancipated
There are some temptations which are so strong that they must be virtues. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: There are some temptations which are so strong that they must be virtues.
Torture, as the art of discovering the truth, is barbaric nonsense; it is the application of a material means to a spiritual end. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Torture, as the art of discovering the truth, is barbaric nonsense; it is the application
The being who, for most men, is the source of the most lively, and even, be it said, to the shame of philosophical delights, the most lasting joys; the being towards or for whom all their efforts tend for whom and by whom fortunes are made and lost; for whom, but especially by whom, artists and poets compose their most delicate jewels; from whom flow the most enervating pleasures and the most enriching sufferings - woman, in a word, is not, for the artist in general ... only the female of the human species. She is rather a divinity, a star. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The being who, for most men, is the source of the most lively, and even,
Artist should look at the reality and brutality of modern life in all its color, nature with all its imperfections - that should be the challenge to the modern painter not the didactic idealization of the past. The new generation should forge a new path. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Artist should look at the reality and brutality of modern life in all its color,
Folly, error, sin, avarice
Occupy our minds and labor our bodies,
And we feed our pleasant remorse
As beggars nourish their vermin.
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Folly, error, sin, avariceOccupy our minds and labor our bodies,And we feed our pleasant remorseAs
Inspiration comes of working every day. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Inspiration comes of working every day.
Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and
There is no dream of love, however ideal it may be, which does not end up with a fat, greedy baby hanging from the breast. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: There is no dream of love, however ideal it may be, which does not end
When it meows, one scarcely hears it ... It has not the need of words to speak the lengthiest phraseologies. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: When it meows, one scarcely hears it ... It has not the need of words
Lost in this awful world, rubbing shoulders with the multitudes, I am like a tired man whose eye can't see behind him, in the deep years, anything but disillusion and bitterness, and in front of him, nothing but a storm which contains nothing new, neither learning nor pain. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Lost in this awful world, rubbing shoulders with the multitudes, I am like a tired
The idea of beauty which man creates for himself imprints itself on his whole attire, crumples or stiffens his dress, rounds off or squares his gesture, and in the long run even ends by subtly penetrating the very features of his face. Man ends by looking like his ideal self. These engravings can be translated either into beauty or ugliness; in one direction, they become caricatures, in the other, antique statues. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The idea of beauty which man creates for himself imprints itself on his whole attire,
I am the vampire at my own veins. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: I am the vampire at my own veins.
I should like the fields tinged with red, the rivers yellow and the trees painted blue. Nature has no imagination. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: I should like the fields tinged with red, the rivers yellow and the trees painted
The child, in love with prints and maps,
Holds the whole world in his vast appetite.
How large the earth is under the lamplight!
But in the eyes of memory, how the world is cramped!
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The child, in love with prints and maps,Holds the whole world in his vast appetite.How
To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.
Drowsing, they take the noble attitude of a great sphinx, who, in a desert land, sleeps always, dreaming dreams that have no end. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Drowsing, they take the noble attitude of a great sphinx, who, in a desert land,
Immediate work, even poor, is worth more than dreams. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Immediate work, even poor, is worth more than dreams.
The priest is an immense being because he makes the crowd believe astonishing things. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The priest is an immense being because he makes the crowd believe astonishing things.
Color ... thinks by itself, independently of the object it clothes. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Color ... thinks by itself, independently of the object it clothes.
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. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies
Where are the dogs going? you people who pay so little attention ask. They are going about their business. And they are very punctilious, without wallets, notes, and without briefcases. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Where are the dogs going? you people who pay so little attention ask. They are
The cannon thunders ... limbs fly in all directions ... one can hear the groans of victims and the howling of those performing the sacrifice ... it's Humanity in search of happiness. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The cannon thunders ... limbs fly in all directions ... one can hear the groans
Imagination is the queen of truth, and possibility is one of the regions of truth. She is positively akin to infinity. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Imagination is the queen of truth, and possibility is one of the regions of truth.
Love is a taste for prostitution. In fact, there is no noble pleasure that cannot be reduced to Prostitution. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Love is a taste for prostitution. In fact, there is no noble pleasure that cannot
An industry which can furnish results identical to nature must be the absolute in art. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: An industry which can furnish results identical to nature must be the absolute in art.
Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly
The dandy should aspire to be uninterruptedly sublime. He should live and sleep in front of a mirror. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The dandy should aspire to be uninterruptedly sublime. He should live and sleep in front
Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them.
Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself.
What men call love is a very small, restricted, feeble thing compared with this ineffable orgy, this divine prostitution of the soul giving itself entire, all its poetry and all its charity, to the unexpected as it comes along, to the stranger as he passes. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: What men call love is a very small, restricted, feeble thing compared with this ineffable
What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound than a portrait. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound than a
The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance;
We find delight in the most loathsome things;
Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings,
And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance.
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance;We find delight in the most loathsome
Do you remember the sight we saw, my soul,
that soft summer morning
round a turning in the path,
the disgusting carcass on a bed scattered with stones,
its legs in the air like a woman in need
burning its wedding poisons
like a fountain with its rhythmic sobs,
I could hear it clearly flowing with a long murmuring sound,
but I touch my body in vain to find the wound.
I am the vampire of my own heart,
one of the great outcasts condemned to eternal laughter
who can no longer smile.
Am I dead?
I must be dead.
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Do you remember the sight we saw, my soul,that soft summer morninground a turning in
Man loves man so much that when he flees the city, it is still to seek the crowd, that is, to rebuild the city in the country. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Man loves man so much that when he flees the city, it is still to
It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan, as portrayed by Milton. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of
The act of love greatly resembles torture or surgery. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The act of love greatly resembles torture or surgery.
What is love? The need of coming out of one's self. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: What is love? The need of coming out of one's self.
I lived for a long time under vast porticos
That maritime suns tinted with a thousand fires,
And whose great pillars, straight and majestuous
In the evening made seem like basaltic caves.
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: I lived for a long time under vast porticosThat maritime suns tinted with a thousand
As if, with beasts' eyes, angels led
The way, I slip back to your bed,
Quiet as a hooded light,
Hushed by the shadows of the night.

And then, my dark one, you shall soon
Embrace the cold beams of the moon,
Around a fresh grave, the chilling hiss
Of serpent coiled shall be my kiss.

When morning shows his livid face
Your bed shall feel my empty place,
As cold as death, till fall of night.

Others take tenderness to wife:
Dread gives away your youth and life
To me, to be the bride of fright.
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: As if, with beasts' eyes, angels ledThe way, I slip back to your bed, Quiet
Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty! Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty!
Remembering is only a new form of suffering. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Remembering is only a new form of suffering.
Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother! Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother!
On the vaporization and the centralization of the Self. All is there. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: On the vaporization and the centralization of the Self. All is there.
From that moment onwards, our loathsome society rushed, like Narcissus, to contemplate its trivial image on a metallic plate. A form of lunacy, an extraordinary fanaticism took hold of these new sun-worshippers. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: From that moment onwards, our loathsome society rushed, like Narcissus, to contemplate its trivial image
Good sense tells us that earthly things are rare and fleeting, and that true reality exists only in dreams. To draw sustenance from happiness- natural or artificial - you must first have the courage to swallow it; and those who perhaps most merit happiness are precisely those on whom felicity, as mortals conceive it, always acts as a vomitive. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Good sense tells us that earthly things are rare and fleeting, and that true reality
I'm not saying that the world will be reduced to expedient means and ridiculous disorder of the South American republics, - that we could maybe even return to savagery, and walk through the overgrown ruins of our civilization searching for food with a gun in our hand. No; - because such a destiny and such adventures would still presuppose a vital energy, an echo of primeval ages. As the new example and the new victims of inexorable moral laws, we shall perish by what we thought was our life-giver. Engineering will make us so Americanized, progress will create such great atrophy of everything spiritual in us, that the bloody, sacrilegious or unnatural dreams of the utopians could never compare with its positive results. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: I'm not saying that the world will be reduced to expedient means and ridiculous disorder
An artist is only an artist on condition that he neglects no aspect of his dual nature. This dualism is the power of being oneself and someone else at one and the same time. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: An artist is only an artist on condition that he neglects no aspect of his
The saddest thing is that every love has an unhappy ending, and all the more unhappy in proportion to how divinely it began, with what wings it first took flight. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The saddest thing is that every love has an unhappy ending, and all the more
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Evil comes up softly like a flower. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Evil comes up softly like a flower.
Nature is a temple, where the living
Columns sometimes breathe confusing speech;
Man walks within these groves of symbols, each
Of which regards him as a kindred thing.
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Nature is a temple, where the livingColumns sometimes breathe confusing speech;Man walks within these groves
In my mind it strolls, as well as in my apartment. A cat, strong, sweet and delightful.. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: In my mind it strolls, as well as in my apartment. A cat, strong, sweet
But what does it matter what reality is outside myself, so long as it has helped me to live, to feel that I am, and what I am? Charles Baudelaire Sayings: But what does it matter what reality is outside myself, so long as it has
Nature is a word, an allegory, a mold, an embossing, if you will. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Nature is a word, an allegory, a mold, an embossing, if you will.
Modernity is the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, which make up one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immutable. This transitory fugitive element, which is constantly changing, must not be despised or neglected. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Modernity is the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, which make up one half of art,
A silent mouth is sweet to hear. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: A silent mouth is sweet to hear.
No man can bare his heart quite naked; there always will be something held back, something false ostentatiously thrust forward. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: No man can bare his heart quite naked; there always will be something held back,
The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the
There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than
Soon we will plunge ourselves into cold shadows, and all of summer's stunning afternoons will be gone. I already hear the dead thuds of logs below falling on the cobblestones and the lawn. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Soon we will plunge ourselves into cold shadows, and all of summer's stunning afternoons will
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. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And
He whose thoughts, like skylarks, Toward the morning sky take flight - Who hovers over life and understands with ease The language of flowers and silent things! Charles Baudelaire Sayings: He whose thoughts, like skylarks, Toward the morning sky take flight - Who hovers over
In this respect you, unworthy companion of my sad life, resemble the public, to whom one must never present the delicate scents that only exasperate them, but instead give them only dung, chosen with care. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: In this respect you, unworthy companion of my sad life, resemble the public, to whom
To be away from home and yet find oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet remain hidden from the world. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: To be away from home and yet find oneself everywhere at home; to see the
Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.
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 Sayings: Imagination is an almost divine faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives
But a dandy can never be a vulgar man. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: But a dandy can never be a vulgar man.
Like those great sphinxes lounging through eternity in noble attitudes upon the desert sand, they gaze incuriously at nothing, calm and wise. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Like those great sphinxes lounging through eternity in noble attitudes upon the desert sand, they
The true voyagers are those who go for the sake of traveling ... and without quite knowing why, they say, 'Let us depart!'. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The true voyagers are those who go for the sake of traveling ... and without
As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of
The taste for pleasure attaches us to the present. The concern with our salvation leaves us hanging on the future. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The taste for pleasure attaches us to the present. The concern with our salvation leaves
A man who from the beginning has long been soaked in the languid atmosphere of a woman, the scent of her hands, her bosom, her knees, her hair, her lithe and flowing clothes ... has acquired a delicacy of skin, a refinement of tone, a kind of androgyny without which the toughest and most virile of geniuses remains, when it comes to artistic perfection, an incomplete being. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: A man who from the beginning has long been soaked in the languid atmosphere of
If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force.
To glorify the cult of images (my great, my only, my primitive passion). Charles Baudelaire Sayings: To glorify the cult of images (my great, my only, my primitive passion).
The Devil's hand directs our every move - / the things we loathed become the things we love Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The Devil's hand directs our every move - / the things we loathed become the
Through the Unknown, we'll find the New Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Through the Unknown, we'll find the New
The form of a town changes more swiftly alas! Than the heart of a mortal. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: The form of a town changes more swiftly alas! Than the heart of a mortal.
To dream magnificently is not a gift given to all men, and even for those who possess it, it runs a strong risk of being progressively diminished by the ever-growing dissipation of modern life and by the restlessness engendered by material progress. The ability to dream is a divine and mysterious ability; because it is through dreams that man communicates with the shadowy world which surrounds him. But this power needs solitude to develop freely; the more one concentrates, the more one is likely to dream fully, deeply. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: To dream magnificently is not a gift given to all men, and even for those
Eternal superiority of the Dandy.
What is the Dandy?
Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Eternal superiority of the Dandy.What is the Dandy?
Being a useful man has always seemed to me to be something truly hideous. Charles Baudelaire Sayings: Being a useful man has always seemed to me to be something truly hideous.