Jean Cocteau
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"Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau" was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929), and the films Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents terribles (film)/Les Parents Terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946 film)/Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (film)/Orpheus (1949). His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Kenneth Anger, Pablo Picasso, Jean Hugo, Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Yul Brynner, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, María Félix, Édith Piaf, Panama Al Brown, Colette and Raymond Radiguet.

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There are truths which one can only say after having won the right to say them.

Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live.

An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head.

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.

When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.

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.

You've never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.

The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizzare which seems inherent in them.

The extreme limit of wisdom-- that is what the public calls madness.

Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.

Art is science made clear.

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say.