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  • #1
    Joris-Karl Huysmans
    “...he shrunk more and more from the realities of life and above all from the society of his day which he regarded with an ever growing horror,--a detestation which had reacted strongly on his literary and artistic tastes; he refused, as far as possible, to have anything to do with pictures and books whose subjects were in any way connected with modern existence.”
    Joris-Karl Huysmans, Against Nature

  • #2
    Joris-Karl Huysmans
    “(Baudelaire) had descended to the bottom of the inexhaustible mine, had picked his way along abandoned or unexplored galleries, and had finally reached those districts of the soul where the monstrous vegetations of the sick mind flourish. There, near the breeding ground of intellectuals aberrations and disease of the mind - the mysterious tetanus, the burning fever of lust, the thyphoids and yellow fevers of crime – he had found, hatching in the dismal forcing-house of ennui, the frightening climacteric of thoughts and emotions.”
    Joris-Karl Huysmans, Against Nature

  • #3
    “There is an energy which springs from sickness and debility: it has a more powerful effect than the real, but, sadly, expires in an even greater infirmity.”

  • #4
    “The exotic and the erotic ideals go hand in hand, and this fact also contributes another proof of a more or less obvious truth - that is, that a love of the exotic is usually an imaginative projection of a sexual desire.”
    Mario Praz, The Romantic Agony

  • #5
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #6
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #7
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #8
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “Invisible things are the only realities.”
    Edgar Allan Poe, Loss of Breath

  • #9
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “Deep in earth my love is lying
    And I must weep alone.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #10
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #11
    “The past is a pebble in my shoe.”

  • #12
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #13
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “KNOW YOUR DOPE FIEND. YOUR LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT! You will not be able to see his eyes because of the Tea-Shades, but his knuckles will be white from inner tension and his pants will be crusted with semen from constantly jacking off when he can't find a rape victim. He will stagger and babble when questioned. He will not respect your badge. The Dope Fiend fears nothing. He will attack, for no reason, with every weapon at his command-including yours. BEWARE. Any officer apprehending a suspected marijuana addict should use all necessary force immediately. One stitch in time (on him) will usually save nine on you. Good luck.
    -The Chief”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #14
    John Milton
    “Into this wild Abyss/ The womb of Nature, and perhaps her grave--/ Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire,/ But all these in their pregnant causes mixed/ Confusedly, and which thus must ever fight,/ Unless the Almighty Maker them ordain/ His dark materials to create more worlds,--/ Into this wild Abyss the wary Fiend/ Stood on the brink of Hell and looked a while,/ Pondering his voyage; for no narrow frith/ He had to cross. ”
    John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • #15
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of men.”
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown

  • #16
    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

  • #17
    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

  • #18
    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

  • #19
    Charles Baudelaire
    “I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.”
    Charles Baudelaire

  • #20
    Charles Baudelaire
    “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

  • #21
    Charles Baudelaire
    “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

  • #22
    Charles Baudelaire
    “A multitude of small delights constitute happiness”
    Charles Baudelaire

  • #23
    Charles Baudelaire
    “La, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté
    Luxe, calme et volupté
    There, there is nothing else but grace and measure,
    Richness, quietness, and pleasure.”
    Charles Baudelaire
    tags: life

  • #24
    Théophile Gautier
    “(Decadent style) is ingenious, complicated, learned, full of shades of meaning and research, always pushing further the limits of language... forcing itself to express in thought that which is most ineffable, and in form the vaguest and most fleeting contours; listening that it may translate them to the subtle confidences of the neuropath, to the avowals of aging and depraved passion, and to the singular hallucinations of the fixed idea verging on madness... In opposition to the classic style, it admits of shading, and these shadows teem and swarm with the larvae of superstitions, the haggard phantoms of insomnia, nocturnal terrors, remorse which starts and turns back at the slightest noise, monstrous dreams stayed only by impotence, obscure phantasies at which daylight would stand amazed, and all that the soul conceals of the dark, the unformed, and the vaguely horrible, in its deepest and furthest recesses.”
    Théophile Gautier, Charles Baudelaire and His Life

  • #25
    Charles Baudelaire
    “Good sense tells us that earthly things are rare and fleeting, and that true reality exists only in dreams. To draw sustenance from happiness- natural or artificial - you must first have the courage to swallow it; and those who perhaps most merit happiness are precisely those on whom felicity, as mortals conceive it, always acts as a vomitive. ”
    Charles Baudelaire
    tags: drugs

  • #26
    “Irony serves as an alibi for a fetish.”
    Nathaniel Wing, The Limits of Narrative: Essays on Baudelaire, Flaubert, Rimbaud and Mallarme

  • #27
    Charles Baudelaire
    “Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.”
    Charles Baudelaire

  • #28
    Dante Alighieri
    “The path to paradise begins in hell.”
    Dante Alighieri

  • #29
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #30
    Victor Hugo
    “An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.”
    Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three

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