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“Always be a poet, even in prose.”
Charles Baudelaire
“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
Charles Baudelaire
“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.”
Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays
“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”
Charles Baudelaire
“La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas."

("The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.")”
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen
“Remembering is only a new form of suffering.”
Charles Baudelaire
“The beautiful is always bizarre.”
Charles Baudelaire
“Be always drunken.
Nothing else matters:
that is the only question.
If you would not feel
the horrible burden of Time
weighing on your shoulders
and crushing you to the earth,
be drunken continually.

Drunken with what?
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.
But be drunken.

And if sometimes,
on the stairs of a palace,
or on the green side of a ditch,
or in the dreary solitude of your own room,
you should awaken
and the drunkenness be half or wholly slipped away from you,
ask of the wind,
or of the wave,
or of the star,
or of the bird,
or of the clock,
of whatever flies,
or sighs,
or rocks,
or sings,
or speaks,
ask what hour it is;
and the wind,
clock will answer you:
"It is the hour to be drunken!”
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen
“If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't exist.”
Charles Baudelaire
“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
“There are women who inspire you with the desire to conquer them and to take your pleasure of them; but this one fills you only with the desire to die slowly beneath her gaze.”
Charles Baudelaire
“Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.”
Charles Baudelaire
“I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.”
Charles Baudelaire
“Life has but one true charm: the charm of the game. But what if we’re indifferent to whether we win or lose?”
Charles Baudelaire
“Extract the eternal from the ephemeral.”
Charles Baudelaire
“What can an eternity of damnation matter to someone who has felt, if only for a second, the infinity of delight?”
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen
“The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance;
We find delight in the most loathsome things;
Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings,
And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance.”
Charles Baudelaire
“I am a cemetery by the moon unblessed.”
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen
“I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.”
Charles Baudelaire
“A multitude of small delights constitute happiness”
Charles Baudelaire
“Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.”
Charles Baudelaire
“You walk on corpses, beauty, undismayed.”
Charles Baudelaire
“Even when she walks one would believe that she dances.”
Charles Baudelaire
“He who looks through an open window sees fewer things than he who looks through a closed window.”
Charles Baudelaire
“My heart is lost; the beasts have eaten it.”
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal
“The Poet is a kinsman in the clouds
Who scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day;
But on the ground, among the hooting crowds,
He cannot walk, his wings are in the way.”
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs Du Mal
“I have felt the wind on the wing of madness.”
Charles Baudelaire
“I set out to discover the why of it, and to transform my pleasure into knowledge.”
Charles Baudelaire
“As a small child, I felt in my heart two contradictory feelings, the horror of life and the ecstasy of life.”
Charles Baudelaire, My Heart Laid Bare
“You are sitting and smoking; you believe that you are sitting in your pipe, and that your pipe is smoking you; you are exhaling yourself in bluish clouds. You feel just fine in this position, and only one thing gives you worry or concern: how will you ever be able to get out of your pipe?”
Charles Baudelaire, Artificial Paradises

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