20 Actual Quotes From Baudelaire As the Teen Goth You Broke Up With in High School

Happy publishing anniversary weekend to Les fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire, the French poet, essayist, art critic, and OG conjurer of all things modernité. The 19th-century writer has been a particular favorite amongst dark dreamers and gothic lovelies for decades due to his obsession with Poe, his lifelong struggle with obscenity charges pinned to his writings, and his anguished personal life. In fact, Baudelaire occasionally sounds like that insufferable goth you broke up with in high school who was really into the dank darkness of their danky doom — yet we mean that in the most loving way possible.