Jean Cocteau Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old jean cocteau quotes, jean cocteau sayings, and jean cocteau proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Poetry is indispensable --if I only knew what for.      

Jean Cocteau

The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.     

Jean Cocteau

See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan's deflation is another's inflation.     

Jean Cocteau

Youth is certain what it rejects before it knows what it will accept.     

Jean Cocteau

The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.     

Jean Cocteau

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.     

Jean Cocteau

Lying is the only art form that the public sanctions and instinctively prefers to reality.     

Jean Cocteau

Everyone's pet is the most outstanding. This begets mutual blindness.     

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

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.     

Jean Cocteau

Mirror should think longer before they reflect.     

Jean Cocteau

Since it's now fashionable to laugh at the conservative French Academy, I have remained a rebel by joining it.     

Jean Cocteau

In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.     

Jean Cocteau

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.     

Jean Cocteau

One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends.     

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

The poet is at the disposal of the night. His role is humble, he must clean house and await its due visitation.     

Jean Cocteau

The composer opens the cage door for arithmetic, the draftsman gives geometry its freedom.     

Jean Cocteau

True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.     

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

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.     

Jean Cocteau

To be audacious with tact, you have to know to what point you can go too far.     

Jean Cocteau

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

All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.     

Jean Cocteau

After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.     

Jean Cocteau

And history becomes legend and legend becomes history.     

Jean Cocteau

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.     

Jean Cocteau

Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.     

Jean Cocteau