Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.
Quote by Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau Quotes
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.
Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward...
Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the...
One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With...
Commissions suit me. They set limits. Jean Marais dared me to write play in which...
I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death...
After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save...
Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not...
I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?
Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.
One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying...
The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so...
The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.