Charles Baudelaire Quotes

Most popular Charles Baudelaire Quotes

Extract the eternal from the ephemeral. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
Extract the eternal from the ephemeral.
— Charles Baudelaire
Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.
— Charles Baudelaire Intimate Journals

sex

Genius is no more than childhood recalled at will. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
Genius is no more than childhood recalled at will.
— Charles Baudelaire L’Art Romantique

genius

A multitude of small delights constitute happiness. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
A multitude of small delights constitute happiness.
— Charles Baudelaire

happiness

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
— Charles Baudelaire Salon of 1846

criticism

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
— Charles Baudelaire L’art romantique

beauty taste

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

work

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
— Charles Baudelaire Complete Works

art

It proves, on close examination, that work is less boring than amusing oneself. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
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 quote.
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. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels.  He can sleep.
— Charles Baudelaire My Heart Laid Bare

prayer

No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
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. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.
— Charles Baudelaire L’Art Romantique

originality

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist shrieks with terror before being overcome. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist shrieks with terror before being overcome.
— Charles Baudelaire Paris Spleen

beauty

Unable to suppress love, the Church wanted at least to disinfect it, and it created marriage. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
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. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
Inspiration always comes when a man really wants it to, but it doesn't always go when he wants.
— Charles Baudelaire Poison and Vision: Poems and Prose of Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Rimbaud

inspiration

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
— Charles Baudelaire L’Art Romantique

good and evil

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

awareness

It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree.  For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree.  For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.
— Charles Baudelaire Intimate Journals

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. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
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.
— Charles Baudelaire Salon of 1846

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. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
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.
— Charles Baudelaire Paris Spleen

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. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
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.
— Charles Baudelaire Art in Paris, 1845–1862

mediocrity