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Jean Cocteau Quote: “Don’t confuse the truth with the opinion of the majority.”

Don’t confuse the truth with the opinion of the majority.

— Jean Cocteau



Jean Cocteau Quote: “You have comfort. You don’t have luxury. And don’t tell me that money plays a part. The luxury I advocate has nothing to do with money. It cannot be bought. It is the reward of those who have NO Fear or Discomfort.”

You have comfort. You don’t have luxury. And don’t tell me that money plays a part. The luxury I advocate has nothing to do with money. It cannot be bought. It is the reward of those who have NO Fear or Discomfort.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.”

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.”

All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.”

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “French people are Italian people in a bad mood.”

French people are Italian people in a bad mood.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.”

Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The prettiest dresses are worn to be taken off.”

The prettiest dresses are worn to be taken off.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Be yourself. The world worships the original.”

Be yourself. The world worships the original.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “A little too much is just enough for me.”

A little too much is just enough for me.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The only way to kill death is through photography.”

The only way to kill death is through photography.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Living is a horizontal fall.”

Living is a horizontal fall.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Every day in the mirror I watch death at work.”

Every day in the mirror I watch death at work.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like – then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.”

Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like – then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “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


Jean Cocteau Quote: “History is a combination of reality and lies. The reality of History becomes a lie. The unreality of the fable becomes the truth.”

History is a combination of reality and lies. The reality of History becomes a lie. The unreality of the fable becomes the truth.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The cinema is death at work.”

The cinema is death at work.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Vivre est une chute horizontale. Life is a horizontal fall.”

Vivre est une chute horizontale. Life is a horizontal fall.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “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


Jean Cocteau Quote: “We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?”

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Never do what a specialist can do better. Discover your own specialty. Do not despair if your specialty appears to be more delicate, a lesser thing. Make up in finesse what you lose in force.”

Never do what a specialist can do better. Discover your own specialty. Do not despair if your specialty appears to be more delicate, a lesser thing. Make up in finesse what you lose in force.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Be a constant outrage to modesty There is nothing to fear: modesty is exercised only among the blind.”

Be a constant outrage to modesty There is nothing to fear: modesty is exercised only among the blind.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “There’s no such thing as love; only proof of love.”

There’s no such thing as love; only proof of love.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “A film is a petrified fountain of thought.”

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “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


Jean Cocteau Quote: “You’ve never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.”

You’ve never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death.”

Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “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


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Silence moves faster when it’s going backward.”

Silence moves faster when it’s going backward.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Beauty cannot be recognized with a cursory glance.”

Beauty cannot be recognized with a cursory glance.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “What uniform can I wear to hide my heavy heart? It is too heavy. It will always show. Jacques felt himself growing gloomy again. He was well aware that to live on earth a man must follow its fashions, and hearts were no longer worn.”

What uniform can I wear to hide my heavy heart? It is too heavy. It will always show. Jacques felt himself growing gloomy again. He was well aware that to live on earth a man must follow its fashions, and hearts were no longer worn.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo.”

Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The composer opens the cage door for arithmetic, the draftsman gives geometry its freedom.”

The composer opens the cage door for arithmetic, the draftsman gives geometry its freedom.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “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


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Appreciation of art is a moral erection, otherwise mere dilettantism.”

Appreciation of art is a moral erection, otherwise mere dilettantism.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.”

The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “There are truths which one can only say after having won the right to say them.”

There are truths which one can only say after having won the right to say them.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Watch yourself all your life in a mirror and you’ll see Death at work like bees in a glass hive.”

Watch yourself all your life in a mirror and you’ll see Death at work like bees in a glass hive.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “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


Jean Cocteau Quote: “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


Jean Cocteau Quote: “It is not inspiration; it is expiration.”

It is not inspiration; it is expiration.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what’s known as infinity.”

Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what’s known as infinity.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.”

The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “What is style? For many people, a very complicated way of saying very simple things. According to us, a very simple way of saying very complicated things.”

What is style? For many people, a very complicated way of saying very simple things. According to us, a very simple way of saying very complicated things.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Poetry is an ethic. By ethic I mean a secret code of behavior, a discipline constructed and conducted according to the capabilities of a man who rejects the falsifications of the categorical imperative.”

Poetry is an ethic. By ethic I mean a secret code of behavior, a discipline constructed and conducted according to the capabilities of a man who rejects the falsifications of the categorical imperative.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The ability to laugh heartily is the sign of a healthy soul.”

The ability to laugh heartily is the sign of a healthy soul.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Look out! Be on your guard, because alone of all the arts, music moves all around you.”

Look out! Be on your guard, because alone of all the arts, music moves all around you.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “Without resistance you can do nothing.”

Without resistance you can do nothing.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.”

The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.

— Jean Cocteau


Jean Cocteau Quote: “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

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