Baudelaire’s Politics Laid Bare

I.

“Glorious empires can be founded on crime, and noble religions on imposture.”

II.

“Nations have great men only in spite of themselves — like families. They make every effort not to have them. Therefore, the great man must, in order to exist, possess an offensive force greater than the power of resistance developed by millions of individuals…

Nations have great men only in spite of themselves. Hence the great man is the conqueror of all his nation.”

III.

“There is no reasonable, stable government save the aristocratic. Monarchy and republic, based on democracy, are equally weak and absurd…

There exist but three respectable beings: the priest, the warrior, the poet. To know, to kill, and to create. Other men are serfs or slaves, created for the stable, that is, to exercise what are called professions.”




Quotes sourced from Charles Baudelaire’s “My Heart Laid Bare”…