The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
Quote by Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau Quotes
Commissions suit me. They set limits. Jean Marais dared me to write play in which...
There are too many souls of wood not to love those wooden characters who do...
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not...
It is not I who become addicted, it is my body.
Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.
If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the...
In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
Whatever the public blames you for, cultivate it; it is yourself.
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order...
Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.
Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss...
Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other...
If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save...
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy...
Life is a horizontal fall.
The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying...