Charles Baudelaire

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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

There exist certain individuals who are, by nature, given purely to contemplation and are utterly unsuited to action, and who, nevertheless, under a mysterious and unknown impulse, sometimes act with a speed which they themselves would have thought beyond them.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism should be partial, passionate and political, that is to say, written from an exclusive point of view, but a point of view that opens up the widest horizons.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All fashions are charming, or rather relatively charming, each one being a new striving, more or less well conceived, after beauty, an approximate statement of an ideal, the desire for which constantly teases the unsatisfied human mind.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have to confess that I had gambled on my soul and lost it with heroic insouciance and lightness of touch. The soul is so impalpable, so often useless, and sometimes such a nuisance, that I felt no more emotion on losing it than if, on a stroll, I had mislaid my visiting card.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no more steely barb than that of the Infinite.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The son will run away from the family not at eighteen but at twelve, emancipated by his gluttonous precocity; he will fly not to seek heroic adventures, not to deliver a beautiful prisoner from a tower, not to immortalize a garret with sublime thoughts, but to found a business, to enrich himself and to compete with his infamous papa.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have cultivated my hysteria with delight and terror. Now I suffer continually from vertigo, and today, 23rd of January, 1862, I have received a singular warning, I have felt the wind of the wing of madness pass over me.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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 our reveries, and the convulsive movements of our consciences? This obsessive ideal springs above all from frequent contact with enormous cities, from the junction of their innumerable connections.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The whole visible universe is but a storehouse of images and signs to which the imagination will give a relative place and value; it is a sort of pasture which the imagination must digest and transform.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nature... is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Any man who does not accept the conditions of human life sells his soul.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very center of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing can be done except little by little.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Inspiration comes of working every day.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Charles Baudelaire [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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