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Jean Cocteau Quotes



Quotes by Jean Cocteau - (21 quotes)

Jean Cocteau - From the Art category:

Art is not a pastime but a priesthood. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Art category:

Art is science made clear. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Artists category:

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

Jean Cocteau - From the Audience category:

-on Renoir...
It is true that the tourists collect the earth from his Cagnes garden and that the Americans would pay a lot for his paint rags. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Communication category:

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

Jean Cocteau - From the Fashion category:

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)

Jean Cocteau - From the Genius category:

The art of genius is knowing how far out is too far. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Indolence category:

Inspiration arrived as a result of profound indolence... I awoke with a start and witnessed as from a seat in a theatre, three acts of a potentially awesome play. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Mirrors category:

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Modernism category:

I shall never forget what I saw at the Museum of Modern Art: in a spotless schoolroom, fifty little girls painting away at tables covered with brushes, pots, tubes, bowls, staring into space and sticking out their tongues like the clever animals that ring a bell, tongues lolling and eyes vague. Teachers supervise these young creators of abstract art and slap their wrists if what they paint represents something and dangerously inclines toward realism. The mothers – still at the Picasso stage – are not admitted. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Originality category:

An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Painting category:

My little Renoirs. Matisse describes having seen Renoir make these tiny canvases. When he had finished working, he would use up the color left in his brushes on them. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Pets category:

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

Jean Cocteau - From the Poetry category:

There are poets and there are grownups. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Poetry category:

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Poetry category:

I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Silence category:

Keep braiding one's wavelengths back into oneself. That way they gain all the more external power and surround us with a huge affective and protective zone. Don't talk about this. Never talk about our secret methods. If we talk about them, they stop working. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Style category:

Style is an easy way of saying complicated things. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Success category:

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like? (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Success category:

The only work of art which succeeds is that which fails. (Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau - From the Teaching category:

The eyes of the dead are closed gently; we also have to open gently the eyes of the living. (Jean Cocteau)