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Top 200 Jean Cocteau Quotes (2023 Update)
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Jean Cocteau Quote: “I am happy to exhibit, but not to put myself on exhibition.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.”
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.”
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.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.”
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.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Continue reading Proust. His magnificent intelligence is particularly fond of describing stupidity. Which is ultimately exhausting.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Without resistance you can do nothing.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The ability to laugh heartily is the sign of a healthy soul.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “A man’s truest self realizations might require him, above all, to learn to close his eyes: to let himself be taken unawares, to follow his dark angel, to risk his illegal instincts.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Artists can no more speak about their work, than plants can speak about horticulture.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Look out! Be on your guard, because alone of all the arts, music moves all around you.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “It is not I who become addicted, it is my body.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Art is science in the flesh.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Statues to great men are made of the stones thrown at them in their lifetime.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The eyes of the dead are closed gently; we also have to open gently the eyes of the living.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Lack of manners is the sign of a hero.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The joy of youth is to disobey; but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Since these mysteries exceed my grasp, I shall pretend to have organized them.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “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 Quote: “True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “I’m not willing just to be tolerated. That wounds my love of love and of liberty.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Picasso said that everything is a miracle, that it’s a miracle that we don’t dissolve in our baths.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “One must not mistake majority for truth.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The smell of opium is the least stupid smell in the world.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “I am burning myself up and will always do so.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “In exiling myself I am not exiling a monster, but a man whom society will not allow to live, since it considers one of the mysterious cogs in God’s masterpiece to be a mistake.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The speed of a runaway horse counts for nothing.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “I only fear the death of others. For me, true death is that of the people I love.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Poetry is a religion without hope, but its martyrs guarantee the eternal truth of its dogma.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “May the devil himself splatter you with dung.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Find first, seek later.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “You are always concentrated on the inner thing. The moment one becomes aware of the crowd, performs for the crowd, it is spectacle.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Every poem is a coat of arms. It must be deciphered. How much blood, how many tears in exchange for these axes, these muzzles, these unicorns, these torches, these towers, these martlets, these seedlings of stars and these fields of blue!”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Fight any instinct to be humorless, for humorlessness is the worst of all absurdities.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.”
Jean Cocteau Quote: “Childhood knows what it wants – to leave childhood behind.”
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