• 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
  • Genius is nothing but youth recaptured.
    ~ Charles Baudelaire
  • 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
  • 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
  • Here is the charming evening, the criminal's friend; It comes like an accomplice, with stealthy tread.
    ~ Charles Baudelaire
  • Unable to do away with love, the Church found a way to decontaminate it by creating marriage.
    Unable to do away with love, the Church found a way to decontaminate it by creating marriage.
    ~ Charles Baudelaire
  • The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
    ~ Charles Baudelaire
  • Genius is childhood recalled at will.
    ~ Charles Baudelaire
  • Drowsing, they take the noble attitude of a great sphinx, who, in a desert land, sleeps always, dreaming dreams that have no end.
    ~ Charles Baudelaire
  • For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.
    ~ Charles Baudelaire