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  • As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • Alas, human vices, however horrible one might imagine them to be, contain the proof (were it only in their infinite expansion) of man's longing for the infinite but it is a longing that often takes the wrong route. It is my belief that the reason behind all culpable excesses lies in this depravation of the sense of the infinite.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • 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.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.
    (Charles Baudelaire)


  • Always be a poet, even in prose.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • What is art? Prostitution.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • One must astonish the bourgeois.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • Angel of health, did ever you know pain?
    (Charles Baudelaire, "")

  • We are all born marked for evil.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • The priest is an immense being because he makes the crowd believe astonishing things.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • 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.
    (Charles Baudelaire)

  • I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
    (Charles Baudelaire)


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