Jean Cocteau

Jean
Cocteau
1889
1963

French Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, Film Writer

Author Quotes

The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.

The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.

Silence moves faster when it's going backward.

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.

All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.

Art-for art's sake (and) art-for-people's sake are equally ridiculous. I suggest art for God's sake.

Art is science made clear.

Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which have always become ugly with time.

History is a combination of reality and lies. The reality of History becomes a lie. The unreality of the fable becomes the truth.

The worst fate for a poet is to be admired without being understood.

A prig always finds a last refuge in responsibility.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images.

Author Picture
First Name
Jean
Last Name
Cocteau
Birth Date
1889
Death Date
1963
Bio

French Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, Film Writer