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 :: 1889-1963, French Author, Filmmaker

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Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Style]

 

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What is line? It is life. A line must live at each point along its course in such a way that the artist's presence makes itself felt above that of the model. With the writer, line takes precedence over form and content. It runs through the words he assembles. It strikes a continuous note unperceived by ear or eye. It is, in a way, the soul's style, and if the line ceases to have a life of its own, if it only describes an arabesque, the soul is missing and the writing dies.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Style]

 

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Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Tact and Tactfulness]

 

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Tact is knowing how far to go too far.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Tact and Tactfulness]

 

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Poetry is indispensable --if I only knew what for.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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Such is the role of poetry. It unveils, in the strict sense of the word. It lays bare, under a light which shakes off torpor, the surprising things which surround us and which our senses record mechanically.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Reality]

 

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I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Lies and Lying]

 

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Life is a horizontal fall.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Life and Living]

 

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The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Literature]

 

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We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
~ Jean Cocteau - [Luck]

 

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A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Movies]

 

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The Louver is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Museums and Galleries]

 

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All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Music]

 

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Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Mystery]

 

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The joy of youth is to disobey; but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Obedience]

 

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When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Originality]

 

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An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Imitation]

 

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What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.
~ Jean Cocteau - [Crowds]

 

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