Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

French writer

Lived from: 1889-1963

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Jean Cocteau

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    I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.
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    A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.
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    A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
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    All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
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    An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
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    Art is science made clear.
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    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.
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    I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
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    I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.
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    If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.
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    If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.
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    It is not I who become addicted, it is my body.
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    Life is a horizontal fall.
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    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.
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    Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.
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