I know the passionate lover
 of fine style exposes himself
  to the hatred of the masses;
   but no respect for humanity,
    no false modesty, no conspiracy,
     no universal suffrage will ever
      force me to speak the unspeakable
       jargon of this age, or to confuse
        ink with virtue… but this morning
         I was so rash as to read some of
          the public newspapers; suddenly an
           indolence of the weight of twenty
            atmospheres fell upon me, and I was
             stopped, faced by the appalling use
              lessness of explaining anything what
               ever to anyone whatever.

Charles Baudelaire,
draft preface (unpublished)
second edition, Les Fleurs du Mal
(Flowers of Evil), 1861.¹

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