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 Charles Baudelaire - “The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan, as portrayed by Milton.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty”
 Charles Baudelaire - “All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory -- of the absolute and of the particular. Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction creamed from the general surface of different beauties. The particular element in each manifestation comes from the emotions and just as we have our own particular emotions, so we have our own beauty.”
 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 - “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 - “All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory of the absolute and of the particular. Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction creamed from the general surface of different beauties. The particular element in each manifestation comes from the emotions and just as we have our own particular emotions, so we have our own beauty.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “There is no dream of love, however ideal it may be, which does not end up with a fat, greedy baby hanging from the breast.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “One must astonish the bourgeois.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “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 - “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 ou”
 Charles Baudelaire - “There exist certain individuals who are, by nature, given purely to contemplation and are utterly unsuited to action, and who, nevertheless, under a mysterious and unknown impulse, sometimes act with a speed which they themselves would have thought beyond them.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “Inspiration comes of working every day.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “As the end of the century approaches, all our culture is like flies at the beginning of winter. Having lost their agility, dreamy and demented, they turn slowly about the window in the first icy mists of morning, . . . then they fall down the curtains.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “There exist only three beings worthy of respect he priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “Every idea is endowed of itself with immortal life, like a human being. All created form, even that which is created by man, is immortal. For form is independent of matter molecules do not constitute form.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “If a given combination of trees, mountains, water, and houses, say a landscape, is beautiful, it is not so by itself, but because of me, of my favor, of the idea or feeling I attach to it.”
 Charles Baudelaire - “Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances.”

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