Friday, January 21, 2005

Quote of the (Fri)day

In honour of the Oxford French Society, whose random meeting I attended last night for wine and cheese and merriment, I offer this as the Friday quote of the week. Those who enter the annual "Most Beautiful Word in the English Language" summer contest would do well to mark it seriously:

"I do not pretend that Joy can have no association with Beauty, but I would say that Joy is one of its most vulgar ornaments; whereas Melancholy could be said to be its most illustrious companion, to the extent that I can hardly conceive of (is my head, then, a witch's mirror?) a type of the Beautiful in which there would not be Misfortune."

- Charles Baudelaire


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