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Jean Cocteau Quotes | Quotes by Jean Cocteau

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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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Quote Left Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. Quote Right
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Quote Left Life is a horizontal fall. Quote Right
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Quote Left The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. Quote Right
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Quote Left I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? Quote Right
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Quote Left All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it. Quote Right
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Quote Left Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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 bizzare which seems inherent in them. Quote Right
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Quote Left The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order. Quote Right
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Quote Left Art is science made clear. Quote Right
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Quote Left We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like Quote Right
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Quote Left The extreme limit of wisdom--that is what the public calls madness. Quote Right
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Quote Left A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system. Quote Right
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Quote Left The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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Quote Left If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it. Quote Right
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Quote Left An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original. Quote Right
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Quote Left I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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Quote Left The extreme limit of wisdom-- that is what the public calls madness. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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Quote Left Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts. Quote Right
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Quote Left Tact is knowing how far to go too far. Quote Right
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Quote Left The joy of youth is to disobey; but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders. Quote Right
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Quote Left If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house. Quote Right
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