Jean Cocteau Quotes


26 Jean Cocteau quotes:



"One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends."
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"Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently."
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"Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature."
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"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."
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"Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie."
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"The poet doesn't invent. He listens."
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"All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it."
"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."
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"Silence moves faster when it's going backward."
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"I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say"
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"The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth."
"What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you."
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"He has the manner of a giant with the look of a child, a lazy activeness, a mad wisdom, a solitude encompassing the world."
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"I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another."
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"The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed."
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"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."
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"That pile of paper on his left side went on living like the watch on a dead soldier's wrist."
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"Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for."
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"Such is the role of poetry. It unveils, in the strict sense of the word. It lays bare, under a light which shakes off torpor, the surprising things which surround us and which our senses record mechanically."
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"Whatever the public blames you for, cultivate it; it is yourself"



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