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

Get Drunk

Always be drunk.
That's it!
The great imperative!
In order not to feel
Time's horrid fardel
bruise your shoulders,
grinding you into the earth,
Get drunk and stay that way.
On what?
On wine, poetry, virtue, whatever.
But get drunk.
And if you sometimes happen to wake up
on the porches of a palace,
in the green grass of a ditch,
in the dismal loneliness of your own room,
your drunkenness gone or disappearing,
ask the wind,
the wave,
the star,
the bird,
the clock,
ask everything that flees,
everything that groans
or rolls
or...

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The Living Torch

Those lit eyes go before me, in full view,
(Some cunning angel magnetised their light) -
Heavenly twins, yet my own brothers too,
Shaking their diamond blaze into my sight.

My steps from every trap or sin to save,
In the strait road of Beauty they conduct me,
They are my servants, and I am their slave,
Obedient in whatever they instruct me.

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