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Charles Baudelaire Quotes

(1821-1867), French Poet

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

Category: Arts And Artists

The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute.

Category: Arts And Artists

There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.

Category: Beauty

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.

Category: Beauty

Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother!

Category: Books And Reading

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.

Category: Bores And Boredom

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.

Category: Business

Our religion is itself profoundly sad -- a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language -- so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.

Category: Catholicism

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.

Category: Cities And City Life

There exist certain individuals who are, by nature, given purely to contemplation and are utterly unsuited to action, and who, nevertheless, under a mysterious and unknown impulse, sometimes act with a speed which they themselves would have thought beyond them.

Category: Contemplation

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.

Category: Critics And Criticism

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.

Category: Critics And Criticism

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.

Category: Evil

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.

Category: Fantasy

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.

Category: Fashion