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Art
Engrave this Quote Art is science made clear.
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-Jean Cocteau
Engrave this Quote One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.
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-Jean Cocteau
Automobiles
Engrave this Quote A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.
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-Jean Cocteau
Books
Engrave this Quote The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
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-Jean Cocteau
Cats
Engrave this Quote I love my cats because I love my home, and little by little they become its visible soul.
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-Jean Cocteau
Criticism
Engrave this Quote What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
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Death
Engrave this Quote I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.
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-Jean Cocteau
Engrave this Quote Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
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-Jean Cocteau
Deception/Lying
Engrave this Quote I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
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-Jean Cocteau
Dreams
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Drugs
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Jean Cocteau
Escape, Escapism
Engrave this Quote Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort.
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Fashion
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Jean Cocteau, "New York World-Telegram & Sun", August 21, 1960
Film / Filmmaking / Movies
Engrave this Quote A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
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-Jean Cocteau
Habits
Engrave this Quote True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
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Imitation
Engrave this Quote An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
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Innovation
Engrave this Quote When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
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Life
Engrave this Quote Life is a horizontal fall.
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Engrave this Quote 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 bizarre which seems inherent in them.
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Luck
Engrave this Quote We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
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Men
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Museums, Galleries
Engrave this Quote The Louver is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
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Music
Engrave this Quote All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
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Mystery
Engrave this Quote Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.
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Obedience
Engrave this Quote The joy of youth is to disobey; but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders.
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-Jean Cocteau

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