Charles Baudelaire Quotes

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Extract the eternal from the ephemeral.
— Charles Baudelaire
Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.

sex

Genius is no more than childhood recalled at will.

genius

A multitude of small delights constitute happiness.
— Charles Baudelaire

happiness

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.

criticism

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.

taste beauty

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
— Charles Baudelaire

work

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.

art

It proves, on close examination, that work is less boring than amusing oneself.
— Charles Baudelaire

work

What is irritating about love is that it is a crime that requires an accomplice.
— Charles Baudelaire
The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels.  He can sleep.

prayer

No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare.
— Charles Baudelaire

priorities

Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.

originality

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist shrieks with terror before being overcome.

beauty

Unable to suppress love, the Church wanted at least to disinfect it, and it created marriage.
— Charles Baudelaire

church marriage

Inspiration always comes when a man really wants it to, but it doesn't always go when he wants.

inspiration

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.

good and evil

In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.
— Charles Baudelaire
There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.

awareness

It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree.  For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.

disagreement

Art is an infinitely precious good, a draught both refreshing and cheering which restores the stomach and the mind to the natural equilibrium of the ideal.

art

Life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed by the desire of changing his bed.  One would prefer to suffer near the fire, and another is certain he would get well if he were by the window.

life

That in all times, mediocrity has dominated, that is indubitable; but that it reigns more than ever, that it is becoming absolutely triumphant and inhibiting, this is what is as true as it is distressing.

mediocrity