Charles Baudelaire

(9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867 / Paris)

Charles Baudelaire Quotes

  • ''It would perhaps be nice to be alternately the victim and the executioner.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XVI (1887).
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  • ''There exist only three respectable beings: the priest, the warrior, the poet. To know, to kill, and to create.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XXVIII (1887).
  • ''It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan,—as portrayed by Milton.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, X (1887).
  • ''Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XI (1887).
  • ''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.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, III (1887).
  • ''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.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, Intimate Journals, sct. 59 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. Don Bachardy (1989).
  • ''A Dandy does nothing.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XXVIII (1887).
  • ''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.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. Trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), revised by Don Bachardy (1989). My Heart Laid Bare, sct. 102, Intimate Journals (written c. 1865, published 1887).
  • ''To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XLIII (1887).
  • ''The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, sect. 116 (written c. 1865), published in Intimate Journals (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), revised by Don Bachardy (1989).

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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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