The Gaze of poet Charles Baudelaire

What do you see when you look into these eyes?charles baudelaire, poet, paris

It’s a portrait of Charles Baudelaire by Étienne Carjat.

Baudelaire wasn’t the biggest fan of photography. After its invention in the mid-1800’s, the recognized poet denounced the medium as a true art form.  As documented in the book Baudelaire, Man of His Time, he was quoted as saying, that for photography:
“its real purpose…is that of being the servant to the sciences and arts.” He’s also the same individual who said,
“What is art? Prostitution.”

I stare at this photograph every day.  It hangs in the entryway to my bedroom.


14 favorite literary themed quotes

quote, quotation marks, writingEverybody can use a little inspiration, especially when writing.  Here’s a few quotes that I’ve tracked down to do just that.  If they don’t inspire you, maybe they’ll make you laugh, or think – and then I’ll feel like I contributed in a way:

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” ~ Stephen King

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” ~ Ayn Rand

“The first draft of anything is shit!” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has to go.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. ~ Ray Bradbury

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ~ Jack Kerouac

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” ~ Neil Gaiman

“What is art? Prostitution.” ~ Charles Baudelaire

“My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.”
~Robert Frost from Two Tramps in Mudtime

“Writers are a little below the clowns and a little above the trained seals.” ~ John Steinbeck

“We have art to save ourselves from the truth.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

What’s your favorite quote?