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Jean Cocteau

1889-1963 ,  French artist
Jean CocteauFrench writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929), and the films Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents Terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1949).

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Life is a horizontal fall.

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

Mirrors would do well to reflect a little more before sending back images.

Free will is the alibi of God.

I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.

I am a lie who always speaks the truth.

An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.

Poetry is indispensable — if I only knew what for.

When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.

What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.

Art is science made clear.

One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.

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

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.

In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.

Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.

If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.

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

We shelter an angel within us. We must be the guardians of that angel.

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.

One is either judge or accused. The judge sits, the accused stands. Live on your feet.

Find first, seek later.

Be helpful, even if it compromises you.

Compromise yourself. Obscure your own trail.

He who is affected by an insult is infected by it.

Understand that some of your enemies are amongst your best friends.

Fight any instinct to be humorless, for humorlessness is the worst of all absurdities.

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.

Be yourself. The world worships the original.

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.

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.

I've always preferred mythology to history. History is truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality.

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

I only fear the death of others. For me, true death is that of the people I love.

There is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

Truth is too naked. It does not stimulate men.

What the public like best is fruit that is overripe.

The purity of a revolution can last a fortnight.

Marlene Dietrich has a name that begins with a caress and ends with a whip hit.

God exists. He is the devil.

Italians are French in good mood.

Penelope was the last trial of Ulysses at the end of his journey.

Greece is a corpse devoured by its myths.

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