Charles Baudelaire Quotes

11 November 2014

What is art? Prostitution.

11 November 2014

It would perhaps be nice to be alternately the victim and the executioner.

11 November 2014

There exist only three respectable beings: the priest, the warrior, the poet. To know, to kill, and to create.

11 November 2014

It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan,—as portrayed by Milton.

11 November 2014

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.

11 November 2014

The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

A Dandy does nothing.

11 November 2014

Every idea is endowed of itself with immortal life, like a human being. All created form, even that which is created by man, is immortal. For form is independent of matter: molecules do not constitute form.

11 November 2014

To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing.