Quotation by Charles Baudelaire

There are in every man, always, two simultaneous allegiances, one to God, the other to Satan. Invocation of God, or Spirituality, is a desire to climb higher; that of Satan, or animality, is delight in descent.
Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, Intimate Journals, sct. 19 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. Don Bachardy (1989).
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