Charles Baudelaire Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old charles baudelaire quotes, charles baudelaire sayings, and charles baudelaire proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The beautiful is always bizarre.     

Charles Baudelaire

Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.     

Charles Baudelaire

Any man who does not accept the conditions of human life sells his soul.     

Charles Baudelaire

Color... thinks by itself, independently of the object it clothes.     

Charles Baudelaire

In this horror of solitude, this need to lose his ego in exterior flesh, which man calls grandly the need for love.     

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

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.     

Charles Baudelaire

What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.     

Charles Baudelaire

Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances.     

Charles Baudelaire

There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for.     

Charles Baudelaire

A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.     

Charles Baudelaire

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

Charles Baudelaire

Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.     

Charles Baudelaire

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.     

Charles Baudelaire

This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.     

Charles Baudelaire

Let us beware of common folk, common sense, sentiment, inspiration, and the obvious.      

Charles Baudelaire

Color... thinks by itself, independently of the object it clothes.     

Charles Baudelaire

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.     

Charles Baudelaire

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.     

Charles Baudelaire

Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject, nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling.     

Charles Baudelaire

To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.     

Charles Baudelaire

For me, Romanticism is the most recent and the most current expression of beauty.     

Charles Baudelaire

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.     

Charles Baudelaire

The People adore authority.     

Charles Baudelaire

Modernity signifies the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art of which the other half is the eternal and the immutable.     

Charles Baudelaire

What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.     

Charles Baudelaire

Being a useful man has always seemed to me to be something truly hideous.     

Charles Baudelaire

Nothing in a portrait is a matter of indifference. Gesture, grimace, clothing, decor even - all must combine to realize a character.     

Charles Baudelaire

The Beautiful is always strange.     

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