There is no more steely barb than that of the Infinite.

Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

Profession: Poet
Nationality: French

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Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.

There is an invincible taste for prostitution in the heart of man, from which comes his horror of solitude. He wants to be 'two'. The man of genius wants to be 'one'... It is this horror of solitude, the need to lose oneself in the external flesh, that man nobly calls 'the need to love'.

It would perhaps be nice to be alternately the victim and the executioner.

Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.

Even when she walks one would believe that she dances.

Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.

My heart is lost; the beasts have eaten it.

So you see how difficult it is to understand one another, my dear angel, how incommunicable thought is, even between two people in love.

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.

The beginning of a novel: start a subject, no matter where, and to have the desire to finish, start with very beautiful phrases.

The insatiable thirst for everything which lies beyond, and which life reveals, is the most living proof of our immortality.

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

I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old.

How convenient it is to declare that everything is totally ugly within the habit of the époque, rather than applying oneself to extract from it the dark and cryptic beauty, however faint and invisible it is.