Saturday, May 05, 2018


Rights of Man

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), "Edgar Allan Poe, his Life and Works," Selected Writings on Art and Literature, tr. P.E. Charvet (1972; rpt. London: Penguin Books, 2006), pp. 162-187 (at 174):
Amongst the large numbers of Rights of Man which the nineteenth century, in its wisdom, so often enumerates with complacency, two quite important ones have been forgotten, namely our right to contradict ourselves, and our right to quit this life.

Parmi l'énumération nombreuse des droits de l'homme que la sagesse du XIXe siècle recommence si souvent et si complaisamment, deux assez importants ont été oubliés, qui sont le droit de se contredire et le droit de s'en aller.

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