Quotes by Jean Cocteau

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
A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
– Jean Cocteau
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
– Jean Cocteau
After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
– Jean Cocteau
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
– Jean Cocteau
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
– Jean Cocteau
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
– Jean Cocteau
Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.
– Jean Cocteau
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.
– Jean Cocteau
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
– Jean Cocteau
Commissions suit me. They set limits. Jean Marais dared me to write play in which he would not speak in the first act, would weep for joy in the second and in the last would fall backward down a flight of stairs.
– Jean Cocteau
Don't for a moment believe He was killing the young; He was costuming angels.
– Jean Cocteau
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
He has the manner of a giant with the look of a child, a lazy activeness, a mad wisdom, a solitude encompassing the world.
– Jean Cocteau
Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live.
– Jean Cocteau
I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
– Jean Cocteau
I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another.
– Jean Cocteau
If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.
– Jean Cocteau
If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.
– Jean Cocteau
In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
– Jean Cocteau