Quotes by Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

French writer

Alive from: 1889-1963

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.
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    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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    Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.
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    Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
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    Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.
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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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    Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far.
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    Tact is knowing how far to go too far.
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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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    The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.
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    The extreme limit of wisdom -that's what the public calls madness.
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    The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
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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, they finish by loading honors on your head.
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    The joy of youth is to disobey; but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders.
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    The Louver is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
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