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 :: 1821-1867, French Poet

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True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Sin]

 

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The whole visible universe is but a storehouse of images and signs to which the imagination will give a relative place and value; it is a sort of pasture which the imagination must digest and transform.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Symbols]

 

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What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Taste]

 

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Nothing can be done except little by little.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Things and Little Things]

 

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We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Time and Time Management]

 

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For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very center of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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The world only goes round by misunderstanding.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Understanding]

 

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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 - [Vice]

 

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There are in every man, always, two simultaneous allegiances, one to God, the other to Satan. Invocation of God, or Spirituality, is a desire to climb higher; that of Satan, or animality, is delight in descent.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Virtue]

 

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The cannon thunders... limbs fly in all directions... one can hear the groans of victims and the howling of those performing the sacrifice... it's Humanity in search of happiness.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [War]

 

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If photography is allowed to stand in for art in some of its functions it will soon supplant or corrupt it completely thanks to the natural support it will find in the stupidity of the multitude. It must return to its real task, which is to be the servant of the sciences and the arts, but the very humble servant, like printing and shorthand which have neither created nor supplanted literature.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Photography]

 

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Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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Who among us has not, in moments of ambition, dreamt of the miracle of a form of poetic prose, musical but without rhythm and rhyme, both supple and staccato enough to adapt itself to the lyrical movements of our souls, the undulating movements of our reveries, and the convulsive movements of our consciences? This obsessive ideal springs above all from frequent contact with enormous cities, from the junction of their innumerable connections.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Prayer]

 

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The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Present]

 

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Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Reason]

 

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Any man who does not accept the conditions of human life sells his soul.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Rejection]

 

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We all have the republican spirit in our veins, like syphilis in our bones. We are democratized and venerealized.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Republican]

 

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To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art -- that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.
~ Charles Baudelaire - [Romance and Romanticism]

 

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