Charles Baudelaire

(9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867 / Paris)

Charles Baudelaire Quotes

  • ''Woman is natural, that is to say, abominable.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XVIII (1887).
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  • ''Where one should see only what is beautiful, our public looks only for what is true.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "Théophile Gautier," part IV (1859).
  • ''The taste for pleasure attaches us to the present. The concern with our salvation leaves us hanging on the future.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XXXIX (1887).
  • ''In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "Théophile Gautier," part I (1859).
  • ''Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "Théophile Gautier," part II (1859).
  • ''Any newspaper, from the first line to the last, is nothing but a web of horrors.... I cannot understand how an innocent hand can touch a newspaper without convulsing in disgust.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, LIX (1887).
  • ''It is one of the prodigious privileges of art that the horrific, artistically expressed, becomes beauty, and that sorrow, given rhythm and cadence, fills the spirit with a calm joy.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "Théophile Gautier," part IV (1859).
  • ''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).
  • ''I am bored in France because everyone resembles Voltaire.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XXXIII (1887).
  • ''What is art? Prostitution.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, I (1887).

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Best Poem of Charles Baudelaire

Be Drunk

You have to be always drunk. That's all there is to it--it's the
only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks
your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually
drunk.
But on what?Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be
drunk.
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of
a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again,
drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave,
the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything
that is groaning, everything ...

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Lethe

Come to my heart, cruel, insensible one,
Adored tiger, monster with the indolent air;
I would for a long time plunge my trembling fingers
Into the heavy tresses of your hair;

And in your garments that exhale your perfume
I would bury my aching head,
And breathe, like a withered flower,
The sweet, stale reek of my love that is dead.

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