Thursday, April 9, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Charles Baudelaire

Today our quotable birthday celebrator is poet Charles Baudelaire.

Here's a little background on this dark and intriguing personality from

Charles 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 contraversial, 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.

And because The MMOB Daily Quote
is about the quotes, here you go:

“Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art”

“It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.”

“A breath of wind from the wings of madness.”

“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.”

“It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.”

“Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.”

“We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.”

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

“The world only goes round by misunderstanding.”

Cheers! - Jason

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