Quotations From CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

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  • 71.
    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.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. Complete Works, vol. 1, "Shorter Prose Poems," ed. Yves-Gérard le Dantec; rev. Claude Pichois (1953). Enivrez-vous, Figaro (Paris, Feb. 7, 1864).

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  • 72.
    I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. "My Heart Laid Bare," (written c. 1865), published in Intimate Journals, sct. 109 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. by Don Bachardy (1989).
  • 73.
    Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. The Painter of Modern Life, XI "In Praise of Cosmetics," (1863).

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  • 74.
    Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. repr. In Selected Writings on Art and Artists, ed. P.E. Charvet (1972). "The Painter of Modern Life," sect. 11, published in L'Art Romantique (1869).

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  • 75.
    Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XLI (1887).

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  • 76.
    But a dandy can never be a vulgar man.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. The Painter of Modern Life, IX "The Dandy," (1863).
  • 77.
    For each letter received from a creditor, write fifty lines on an extraterrestrial subject and you will be saved.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, IX (1887).
  • 78.
    Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. The Painter of Modern Life, I "Beauty, Fashion, and Happiness," (1863).

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  • 79.
    Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. The Painter of Modern Life, XI "In Praise of Cosmetics," (1863).

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  • 80.
    We want ... to plunge into the depths of the abyss, Hell or Heaven, what does it matter? into the depths of the Unknown to find something new!
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Flowers of Evil, "The Voyage," (1859).

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