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Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Imagination is the queen of truth, and possibility is one of the regions of truth. She is positively akin to infinity."

Imagination is the queen of truth, and possibility is one of the regions of truth. She is positively akin to infinity.




Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Nothing can be done except little by little."

Nothing can be done except little by little.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "I have cultivated my hysteria with joy and terror."

I have cultivated my hysteria with joy and terror.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation."

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.




Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "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."

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

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



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Ant swarming CityCity full of dreamsWhere in broad day the specter tugs your sleeve"

Ant swarming CityCity full of dreamsWhere in broad day the specter tugs your sleeve




Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened."

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "What is irritating about love is that it is a crime that requires an accomplice."

What is irritating about love is that it is a crime that requires an accomplice.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "As a remedy against all ills - poverty sickness and melanchol - only one thing is absolutely necessary: a liking for work."

As a remedy against all ills - poverty sickness and melanchol - only one thing is absolutely necessary: a liking for work.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery."

To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "How many years of fatigue and punishment it takes to learn the simple truth that work that disagreeable thing is the only way of not suffering in life or at all events of suffering less."

How many years of fatigue and punishment it takes to learn the simple truth that work that disagreeable thing is the only way of not suffering in life or at all events of suffering less.




Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "I am a cemetery by the moon unblessed."

I am a cemetery by the moon unblessed.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty."

Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "I should like the fields tinged with red, the rivers yellow and the trees painted blue. Nature has no imagination."

I should like the fields tinged with red, the rivers yellow and the trees painted blue. Nature has no imagination.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "I set out to discover the why of it, and to transform my pleasure into knowledge."

I set out to discover the why of it, and to transform my pleasure into knowledge.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create."

There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters."

What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish."

It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Abolishers of the soul (materialists) are necessarily abolishers of hell, they, certainly, are interested. At all events, they are people who fear to live again--lazy people."

Abolishers of the soul (materialists) are necessarily abolishers of hell, they, certainly, are interested. At all events, they are people who fear to live again--lazy people.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "The immense appetite we have for biography comes from a deep-seated sense of equality."

The immense appetite we have for biography comes from a deep-seated sense of equality.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams."

Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Music fathoms the sky."

Music fathoms the sky.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries out in terror before being vanquished."

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries out in terror before being vanquished.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Everything considered work is less boring than amusing oneself."

Everything considered work is less boring than amusing oneself.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction."

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 Quotes: "The mainspring of genius is curiosity."

The mainspring of genius is curiosity.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "The saddest thing is that every love has an unhappy ending, and all the more unhappy in proportion to how divinely it began, with what wings it first took flight."

The saddest thing is that every love has an unhappy ending, and all the more unhappy in proportion to how divinely it began, with what wings it first took flight.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "And, drunk with my own madness, I shouted at him furiously, "Make life beautiful! Make life beautiful!"

And, drunk with my own madness, I shouted at him furiously, "Make life beautiful! Make life beautiful!



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "The beautiful is always bizarre."

The beautiful is always bizarre.




Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "The Beautiful is always strange."

The Beautiful is always strange.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Time is an avid gambler who has no need to cheat to win every time."

Time is an avid gambler who has no need to cheat to win every time.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy."

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will."

Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty!"

Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty!



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "On peut chercher dans Dieu le complice et l'ami qui manquent toujours. Dieu est l'éternel confident dans cette tragédie dont chacun est le héros."

On peut chercher dans Dieu le complice et l'ami qui manquent toujours. Dieu est l'éternel confident dans cette tragédie dont chacun est le héros.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "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 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 Quotes: "The man who says his prayers in the evening is a captain posting his sentries. After that he can sleep."

The man who says his prayers in the evening is a captain posting his sentries. After that he can sleep.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Flesh is willing, but the Soul requiresSisyphean patience for its song, Time, Hippocrates remarked, is shortand Art is long."

Flesh is willing, but the Soul requiresSisyphean patience for its song, Time, Hippocrates remarked, is shortand Art is long.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Inspiration comes of working every day."

Inspiration comes of working every day.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine."

Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "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."

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.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "There is no such thing as a long piece of work except one that you dare not start."

There is no such thing as a long piece of work except one that you dare not start.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation."

Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Nothing is as tedious as the limping days, When snowdrifts yearly cover all the ways, And ennui, sour fruit of incurious gloom, Assumes control of fate’s immortal loom"

Nothing is as tedious as the limping days, When snowdrifts yearly cover all the ways, And ennui, sour fruit of incurious gloom, Assumes control of fate’s immortal loom



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "It is at despair at not being able to be noble and beautiful by natural means that we have made up our faces so strangely."

It is at despair at not being able to be noble and beautiful by natural means that we have made up our faces so strangely.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry."

Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.



Charles Baudelaire Quotes: "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."

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.