Charles Baudelaire

(9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867 / Paris)

Charles Baudelaire Quotes

  • ''There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XI (1887).
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  • ''The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. Published in Intimate Journals, sect. 91 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. by Don Bachardy (1989). My Heart Laid Bare (c. 1865).
  • ''Being a useful man has always seemed to me to be something truly hideous.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XXI (1887).
  • ''The world only goes round by misunderstanding.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, Intimate Journals, sct. 99 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. Don Bachardy (1989).
  • ''I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, X (1887).
  • ''Love is a taste for prostitution. In fact, there is no noble pleasure that cannot be reduced to Prostitution.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, I (1887).
  • ''Imagination is an almost divine faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives everything: the secret and intimate connections between things, correspondences and analogies.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. New Notes on E. Poe, part III (1859).
  • ''Progress, this great heresy of decay.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. New Notes on E. Poe, part II (1859).
  • ''It is this admirable and immortal instinct for beauty which causes us to regard the earth and its spectacles as a glimpse, a correspondence of the beyond.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. New Notes on E. Poe, part IV (1859).
  • ''If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force.''
    Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. New Notes on E. Poe, part IV (1859).

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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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