The Devil, Original sin. Man as good. If you would, you could be the Tyrant’s favorite; it is more difficult to love God than to believe in Him.
We are all hanged or hangable.
A difficult matter, to rise to that divine callousness!
Though I have sung the mad pleasures of wine and opium, I thirst only for a liquor unknown on earth, which the pharmaceutics of heaven itself could not afford me; a liquor that contains neither vitality nor death, neither excitation nor extinction.
selected from Le Fleurs du mal, 1857
Belgian artist Odilon Redon’s fantastic print from his interpretations of Le Fleurs du mal, 1890