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Charles Baudelaire Quotes & Sayings
104 entries tagged including 30 subtopics.
Last updated May 2020
Charles Baudelaire Topics
He who looks through an open window sees fewer things than he who looks through a closed window.
Life has but one true charm: the charm of the game. But what if were indifferent to whether we win or lose?
There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.
There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art
Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.
Who among us has not, in moments of ambition, dreamt of the miracle of a form of poetic prose, musical but without rhythm and rhyme, both supple and staccato enough to adapt itself to the lyrical movements of our souls, the undulating movements of ou
Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?
Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty!
What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.
What is art? Prostitution.
We are all born marked for evil.
Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.
To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.
To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing.
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