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Charles Baudelaire

1821-1867 ,  French poet
Charles BaudelaireFrench poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe.
His most famous work is , Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil).

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If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't exist.

The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that does not exist.

Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries out in terror before being defeated.

There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes.

This life is a hospital where each patient is possessed by the desire to change his bed.

Evil happens without effort, naturally, inevitably; Good is always the product of skill.

Perhaps it would be sweet to be, in turn, both victim and executioner.

The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates.

Being a useful man always seemed to me something very hideous.

Unable to do away with love, the Church found a way to decontaminate it by creating marriage.

Women do not know how to separate the soul from the body.

Progress, that great heresy of degenerates.

Always be a poet, even in prose.

One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.

Remembering is only a new form of suffering.

I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.

Let us beware of common folk, common sense, sentiment, inspiration, and the obvious.

The bizarre is a necessary ingredient in beauty.

God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn't even need to exist.

Progress is a doctrine of idlers and Belgians.

Quotes in Verse

I am a cemetery abhorred by the moon.


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