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Jean Cocteau Quotes


Famous Quotes & Quotations By Jean Cocteau:

I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Angels.

An artist cannot talk about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes, Newsweek, 16 May 1955 - Category: Art.

Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Art.

It is difficult to live without opium after having known it because it is difficult, after knowing opium, to take earth seriously. And unless one is a saint, it is difficult to live without taking earth seriously.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Drugs.

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Lies, Poetry, Truth.

I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Lies, Truth.

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Poetry.

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Poetry.

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Poetry.

The worst fate of a poet is to be admired without being understood.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes, Le Rappel á l'ordre, 1926 - Category: Poetry.

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.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes - Category: Smoking.

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