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Quotations From JEAN COCTEAU

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  • 1.
    True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 10 (1950). Le Mystère Laïc (1928).
  • 2.
    Art is science made clear.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950). "Le Coq et l'Arlequin," Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926).
  • 3.
    The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 2 (1947). "Postambule," La Fin du Potomac (1939).

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  • 4.
    Poetry is indispensable—if I only knew what for.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Quoted in Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art, ch. 1 (1959).

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  • 5.
    The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Quoted in Roger Shattuck, "A Native Son of Paris," Jean Cocteau and the French Scene (1984).
  • 6.
    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.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. (1957). Opium, p. 40 (1929, trans. 1932).
  • 7.
    If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Opium, p. 21 (1929, trans. 1932, repr. 1957).
  • 8.
    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.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Opium (1929).

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  • 9.
    A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Opium, p. 20 (1929, trans. 1932, repr. 1957). Cocteau added, "The craving for opium can be endured in a car."

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  • 10.
    Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo.
    Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Opium (1929). Quoting himself from a previous occasion.
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