Jean Cocteau Quotes on art

The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up... view

By: Jean Cocteau

One must be a living man and a posthumous artist... view

By: Jean Cocteau

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

By: Jean Cocteau

An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original... view

By: Jean Cocteau

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious... view

By: Jean Cocteau

Art is not a pastime but a priesthood... view

By: 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... view

By: Jean Cocteau

Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail... view

By: Jean Cocteau

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

By: Jean Cocteau

Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper... view

By: Jean Cocteau

Les premières places ne sont pas intéressantes, celles qui m'intéressent, ce sont les places à part... view

By: Jean Cocteau

L'art ne vaut à mes yeux que s'il est la projection d'une morale... view

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On est libre de jouir d'une beauté humaine comme d'une œuvre d'art... view

By: Jean Cocteau

L'avenir n'appartient à personne. Il n'y a pas de précurseurs, il n'existe que des retardataires... view

By: Jean Cocteau