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Jean Cocteau quotes: One is either judge or accused. The judge sits, the accused stands. Live on your feet. One is either judge or accused. The judge sits, the accused stands. Live on your feet.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The smell of opium is the least stupid smell in the world. The smell of opium is the least stupid smell in the world.
Jean Cocteau quotes: French people are Italian people in a bad mood. French people are Italian people in a bad mood.
Jean Cocteau quotes: What is style? Saying complicated things in a simple way. What is style? Saying complicated things in a simple way.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Art is science in the flesh. Art is science in the flesh.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Don't for a moment believe He was killing the young; He was costuming angels. Don't for a moment believe He was killing the young; He was costuming angels.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Be yourself. The world worships the original. Be yourself. The world worships the original.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The only work of art which succeeds is that which fails. The only work of art which succeeds is that which fails.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts. Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The public is never pleased with what we do, wanting always a copy of what we have done. The public is never pleased with what we do, wanting always a copy of what we have done.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The joy of the young is to disobey The joy of the young is to disobey
Jean Cocteau quotes: Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper. Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Cultivate everything the critics hated in your first work - that's what makes you unique. Cultivate everything the critics hated in your first work - that's what makes you unique.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Beauty cannot be recognized with a cursory glance. Beauty cannot be recognized with a cursory glance.
Jean Cocteau quotes: I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead. I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.
Jean Cocteau quotes: My only politics have been friendship. My only politics have been friendship.
Jean Cocteau quotes: I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Lack of manners is the sign of a hero. Lack of manners is the sign of a hero.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The knack is art. The knack is art.
Jean Cocteau quotes: A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system. A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.
Jean Cocteau quotes: What is history after all? History is facts which become lies in the end. What is history after all? History is facts which become lies in the end.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Since it's now fashionable to laugh at the conservative French Academy, I have remained a rebel by joining it. Since it's now fashionable to laugh at the conservative French Academy, I have remained a rebel by joining it.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The poet is at the disposal of the night. His role is humble, he must clean house and await its due visitation. The poet is at the disposal of the night. His role is humble, he must clean house and await its due visitation.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for. Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture. Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.
Jean Cocteau quotes: It is not inspiration; it is expiration. It is not inspiration; it is expiration.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The skin of all of us is responsive to gypsy songs and military marches. The skin of all of us is responsive to gypsy songs and military marches.
Jean Cocteau quotes: I've always preferred mythology to history. History is truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality. I've always preferred mythology to history. History is truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality.
Jean Cocteau quotes: See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan's deflation is another's inflation. See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan's deflation is another's inflation.
Jean Cocteau quotes: If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it. If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The artist is a kind of prison from which the works of art escape. The artist is a kind of prison from which the works of art escape.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood. The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Artists can no more speak about their work, than plants can speak about horticulture. Artists can no more speak about their work, than plants can speak about horticulture.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The art of genius is knowing how far out is too far. The art of genius is knowing how far out is too far.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Art is not a pastime but a priesthood. Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Do as the beautiful woman: see to your figure and your petticoats. Though, of course, I am not speaking literally. Do as the beautiful woman: see to your figure and your petticoats. Though, of course, I am not speaking literally.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious. Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying. The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
Jean Cocteau quotes: There are too many souls of wood not to love those wooden characters who do indeed have a soul. There are too many souls of wood not to love those wooden characters who do indeed have a soul.
Jean Cocteau quotes: True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Lying is the only art form that the public sanctions and instinctively prefers to reality. Lying is the only art form that the public sanctions and instinctively prefers to reality.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness. The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.
Jean Cocteau quotes: We shelter an angel within us. We must be the guardians of that angel. We shelter an angel within us. We must be the guardians of that angel.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo
Jean Cocteau quotes: Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail. Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Since these mysteries exceed my grasp, I shall pretend to have organized them. Since these mysteries exceed my grasp, I shall pretend to have organized them.
Jean Cocteau quotes: I feel myself inhabited by a force or being very little known to me. It gives the orders; I follow. I feel myself inhabited by a force or being
very little known to me. It gives the orders; I follow.
Jean Cocteau quotes: It seems to me that invisibility is the required provision of elegance. Elegance ceases to exist when it is noticed. It seems to me that invisibility is the required provision of elegance. Elegance ceases to exist when it is noticed.
Jean Cocteau quotes: After you have written a thing and you reread it, there is always the temptation to fix it up, to improve it, to remove its poison, blunt its sting. After you have written a thing and you reread it, there is always the temptation to fix it up, to improve it, to remove its poison, blunt its sting.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Mirrors would do well to reflect a little more before sending back images. Mirrors would do well to reflect a little more before sending back images.
Jean Cocteau quotes: When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work. When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The spirit of creation is the spirit of contradiction. It is the breakthrough of appearances toward an unknown reality. The spirit of creation is the spirit of contradiction. It is the breakthrough of appearances toward an unknown reality.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Beauty makes one lose one's head. Poetry is born of this decapitation Beauty makes one lose one's head. Poetry is born of this decapitation
Jean Cocteau quotes: There's no such thing as love; only proof of love. There's no such thing as love; only proof of love.
Jean Cocteau quotes: We only serve as a model to the portrait of our fame We only serve as a model to the portrait of our fame
Jean Cocteau quotes: Wealth is an inborn attitude of mind, like poverty. The pauper who has made his pile may flaunt his spoils, but cannot wear them plausibly. Wealth is an inborn attitude of mind, like poverty. The pauper who has made his pile may flaunt his spoils, but cannot wear them plausibly.
Jean Cocteau quotes: In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator. In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
Jean Cocteau quotes: A picture neither saddening nor gladdening I fear; neither beautiful nor ugly. A picture neither saddening nor gladdening I fear; neither beautiful nor ugly.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Poetry is a religion without hope, but its martyrs guarantee the eternal truth of its dogma. Poetry is a religion without hope, but its martyrs guarantee the eternal truth of its dogma.
Jean Cocteau quotes: After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter. After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
Jean Cocteau quotes: People seek escape in myth by any means at their disposal, including drugs, alcohol, meditation, and lies. People seek escape in myth by any means at their disposal, including drugs, alcohol, meditation, and lies.
Jean Cocteau quotes: What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you. What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Jean Cocteau quotes: An artist cannot speak about his art anymore than a plant can discuss horticulture. An artist cannot speak about his art anymore than a plant can discuss horticulture.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Silence moves faster when it's going backward. Silence moves faster when it's going backward.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Whatever the public blames you for, cultivate it; it is yourself. Whatever the public blames you for, cultivate it; it is yourself.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The poet doesn't invent. He listens. The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Appreciation of art is a moral erection, otherwise mere dilettantism. Appreciation of art is a moral erection, otherwise mere dilettantism.
Jean Cocteau quotes: All spiritual journeys are martyrdoms All spiritual journeys are martyrdoms
Jean Cocteau quotes: Expect neither reward nor beatitude. Return noble waves for ignoble. Expect neither reward nor beatitude. Return noble waves for ignoble.
Jean Cocteau quotes: The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
Jean Cocteau quotes: When I make a film, it is a sleep in which I am dreaming. When I make a film, it is a sleep in which I am dreaming.
Jean Cocteau quotes: Compromise yourself. Obscure your own trail. Compromise yourself. Obscure your own trail.
Jean Cocteau quotes: I am a lie who always speaks the truth. I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
Jean Cocteau quotes: One sits down first; one thinks afterwards. One sits down first; one thinks afterwards.