108 Total Quotes

Jean Cocteau Quotes

Jean Cocteau
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.
Jean Cocteau
#Poetry And Poets

Jean Cocteau
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.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Jobs

Jean Cocteau
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
#French Director #Instinct

Jean Cocteau
A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director

Jean Cocteau
Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Art

Jean Cocteau
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
#French Director #Art

Jean Cocteau
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.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Best Friends

Jean Cocteau
I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Animals

Jean Cocteau
After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Death

Jean Cocteau
There are too many souls of wood not to love those wooden characters who do indeed have a soul.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Love

Jean Cocteau
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
#French Director #Death

Jean Cocteau
Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Alcohol And Alcoholism

Jean Cocteau
Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Birth

Jean Cocteau
True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
Jean Cocteau
#French Director #Habit

Jean Cocteau
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
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#French Director

Jean Cocteau
You've never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.
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#French Director

Jean Cocteau
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
#Automobile

Jean Cocteau
There are poets and there are grownups.
Jean Cocteau
#Adults