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Charles Baudelaire

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Always be a poet, even in prose.

— Charles Baudelaire

#always #even #poet #prose

Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.

— Charles Baudelaire


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.

— Charles Baudelaire

#poetry #virtue #wine #virtue

The beautiful is always bizarre.

— Charles Baudelaire

#baudelaire #beauty #life #art

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

— Charles Baudelaire

#words #writing #literature

Life has but one true charm: the charm of the game. But what if we’re indifferent to whether we win or lose?

— Charles Baudelaire

#life #life

What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.

— Charles Baudelaire

#life #monsters #life

The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance; We find delight in the most loathsome things; Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings, And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance.

— Charles Baudelaire

#devil #horror #horror

What can an eternity of damnation matter to someone who has felt, if only for a second, the infinity of delight?

— Charles Baudelaire

#delight #paris

There are women who inspire you with the desire to conquer them and to take your pleasure of them; but this one fills you only with the desire to die slowly beneath her gaze.

— Charles Baudelaire


About Charles Baudelaire

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Did you know about Charles Baudelaire?

When Baudelaire returned from Belgium after his stroke Manet and his wife were frequent visitors at the nursing home and Charles Baudelaire would play passages from Wagner for Baudelaire on the piano. Like Poe Baudelaire believed in the doctrine of original sin denounced democracy and the idea of progress and of man's natural goodness and Poe held a disdainful aristocratic attitude similar to Baudelaire's dandy. "

"Personally I think that the unique and supreme delight lies in the certainty of doing 'evil'–and men and women know from birth that all pleasure lies in evil.

His most famous work Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil) expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé among many others.

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