You can live three days without bread – without poetry, never – you need art. 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. You understand its function , you gentlemen of the bourgeoisie – whether lawgivers or […]
Charles Baudelaire Quotes
To lepers and to outcasts thou dost show – that passion is the paradise below.
I am unable to understand how a man of honor can take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
All these imbecile bourgeois who ceaselessly utter the words immoral, immorality, morality in art and other idiotic phrases, make me think of Louise Villedieu, the five-franc whore, who, having accompanied me to the Louvre, where she had never been before, began blushing and covering her face with her hands. And as we stood before the […]
The pleasure of being in crowds is a mysterious expression of sensual joy in the multiplication of Number.
Be always drunken – With wine, with poetry or with virtue – as you will, but be always drunken!
There are in every man, at every hour, two simultaneous postulations, one towards God, the other towards Satan.
I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws.
True Civilisation does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.
I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to panes of glass with its claws.