Charles Baudelaire Quotes (129 quotes)
“The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.”
The mirror of art: critical studies (1956 edition)
“The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.”
My heart laid bare, and other prose writings (1951 edition)
“The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present.”
Baudelaire: selected writings on art and literature (1972 edition), Penguin Group USA
“The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be himself and others, as he wishes.”
Paris Spleen [Le Spleen de Paris] (published posthumously in 1869)
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Born: April 9, 1821
Died: August 31, 1867 (aged 46)
Bio: Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal, expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century.
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