Charles Baudelaire Quotes (displaying: 121 - 150 of 201 quotes)
Relate comic things in pompous fashion. Irregularity, in other words the unexpected, the surprising, the astonishing, are essential to and characteristic of beauty. Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony. The blend of the grotesque and the tragic are attractive to the mind, as is discord to blas ears. Imagine a canvas for a lyrical, magical farce, for a pantomime, and translate it into a serious novel. Drown the whole thing in an abnormal, dreamy atmosphere, in the atmosphere of great days? the region of pure poetry.
These beings have no other status, but that of cultivating the idea of beauty in their own persons, of satisfying their passions, of feeling and thinking.... Contrary to what many thoughtless people seem to believe, dandyism is not even an excessive delight in clothes and material elegance. For the perfect dandy, these things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of his mind.
FREE MAN, YOU WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THE SEA! THE SEA IS YOUR MIRROR; YOU CONTEMPLATE YOUR SOUL IN THE INFINITE UNROLLING OF ITS BILLOWS; YOUR MIND IS AN ABYSS THAT IS NO LESS BITTER.YOU LIKE TO PLUNGE INTO THE BOSOM OF YOUR IMAGE; YOU EMBRACE IT WITH EYES AND ARMS, AND YOUR HEART IS DISTRACTED AT TIMES FROM ITS OWN CLAMORING BY THE SOUND OF THIS PLAINT, WILD AND UNTAMABLE.BOTH OF YOU ARE GLOOMY AND RETICENT:MAN, NO ONE HAS SOUNDED THE DEPTHS OF YOUR BEING;O SEA, NO PERSON KNOWS YOUR MOST HIDDEN RICHES,SO ZEALOUSLY DO YOU KEEP YOUR SECRETS!YET FOR COUNTLESS AGES YOU HAVE FOUGHT EACH OTHERWITHOUT PITY, WITHOUT REMORSE,SO FIERCELY DO YOU LOVE CARNAGE AND DEATH,O ETERNAL FIGHTERS, IMPLACABLE BROTHERS!
Delacroix was passionately in love with passion... The man himself was an intense passion, supported by a formidable will power. He used to say constantly: 'Since I consider the impression transmitted to the artist by nature as the most important thing to translate, is it not necessary that he be armed in advance with all the speediest means of translation?'
There is but a single second in a man’s life whose mission is to bring good news – the good news, which strikes such inexplicable terror into everyone. Yes, Time rules again; he has resumed his brutal tyranny. And he drives me on, as if I were an ox, with his duplicate threat: ‘Get on with it, churl! Sweat, slave! Live, and be damned!