“Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.”
Jean Cocteau, writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker

ccoteau_testament-d-orphee-1960-12-g“Living is a horizontal fall.”


“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.”


“Be yourself. The world worships the original.”


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Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau

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Le Testament d’Orphée, 1960

“Art is science made clear.”

“The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.”

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

“The smell of opium is the least stupid smell in the world.”

“It is excruciating to be an unbeliever with a spirit that is deeply religious.”

“I’ve always preferred mythology to history. History is truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality.”

“Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.”
― Jean Cocteau

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