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All Quotes by author - Jean Cocteau
" A film is a petrified fountain of thought. "
" All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it. "
" Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious. "
" 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. "
" A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses. "
" 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. "
" Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper. "
" Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live. "
" I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? "
" I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead. "
" I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. "
" 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. "
" Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity. "
" One must be a living man and a posthumous artist. "
" Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently. "
" Silence moves faster when it's going backward. "
" Style is a simple way of saying complicated things. "
" Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far. "
" 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. "
" The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order. "
" The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends. "
" The poet doesn't invent. He listens. "
" The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. "
" There are too many souls of wood not to love those wooden characters who do indeed have a soul. "
" There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard. "
" True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. "
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