Quotes by Charles Baudelaire

"Always be a poet, even in prose."

"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."

"Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will."

"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors."

"La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas."

("The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.")"


Books by Charles Baudelaire

  • I miserabili
  • 710,029 ratings
  • February 12th 2013 by Mondadori

    (first published 1862)

  • Madame Bovary
  • 271,743 ratings
  • September 29th 2016 by Mondadori

    (first published 1857)

  • A los jóvenes poetas
  • 57,047 ratings
  • 2006 by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

    (first published 1929)

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Charles Baudelaire
  • Charles Baudelaire

  • Date of birth: April 09, 1821
  • Died: August 31, 1867
  • Born: in Paris, France.

  • Description: Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet, translator, and literary and art critic whose reputation rests primarily on Les Fleurs du Mal; (1857; The Flowers of Evil) which was perhaps the most important and influential poetry collection published in Europe in the 19th century. Similarly, his Petits poèmes en prose (1868; "Little Prose Poems") was the most successful and innovative early experiment in prose poetry of the time.

    Known for his highly controversial, and often dark poetry, as well as his translation of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire's life was filled with drama and strife, from financial disaster to being prosecuted for obscenity and blasphemy. Long after his death many look upon his name as representing depravity and vice. Others see him as being the poet of modern civilization, seeming to speak directly to the 20th century.