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Charles Baudelaire Quotes

(1821-1867), French Poet

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.

Category: Poetry And Poets

The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.

Category: Prayer

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

Category: Reason

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

Category: Rejection

We all have the republican spirit in our veins, like syphilis in our bones. We are democratized and venerealized.

Category: Republican

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.

Category: Romance And Romanticism

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.

Category: Sin

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.

Category: Symbols

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.

Category: Taste

Nothing can be done except little by little.

Category: Things And Little Things

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.

Category: Time And Time Management

For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very center of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes.

Category: Travel And Tourism

The world only goes round by misunderstanding.

Category: Understanding

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.

Category: Vice

There are in every man, always, two simultaneous allegiances, one to God, the other to Satan. Invocation of God, or Spirituality, is a desire to climb higher; that of Satan, or animality, is delight in descent.

Category: Virtue