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Jean Cocteau

„Wer mein Haus betreten will, der trete ein. We…

„Wer mein Haus betreten will, der trete ein. Wem es hier gefällt, der bleibe. Ich weigere mich, etwas zu planen. Und wenn man mich fragt, was ich aus meinem Haus mitnehmen würde, wenn es brennt, antworte ich: das Feuer.

„Wer mein Haus betreten will, der trete ein. Wem es hier gefällt, der bleibe. Ich weigere mich, etwas zu planen. Und wenn man mich fragt, was ich aus meinem Haus mitnehmen würde, wenn es brennt,…

The smell of opium is the least stupid smell in…

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

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

Ma véritable vie est néeAprès que j’ai connu Je…

Ma véritable vie est néeAprès que j’ai connu JeannotMaintenant nous mélangeons nosChaussures dans la cheminée✫C’est pour toi que je fais des livresPour toi des pièces et des versJe les voudrais pareils au givreQue la vitre montre à l’envers✫Cette nuit Noël va descendrePour nous réchauffer un peuCar il – comme la salamandrePose ses pieds sur le feu.(Poèmes de Noël de Jean Cocteau pour Jean Marais)

Ma véritable vie est néeAprès que j’ai connu JeannotMaintenant nous mélangeons nosChaussures dans la cheminée✫C’est pour toi que je fais des livresPour toi des pièces et des versJe les voudrais pareils au givreQue la vitre…

Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of…

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

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

Les expériences dangereuses, le monde les accep…

Les expériences dangereuses, le monde les accepte dans le domaine de l’art parce qu’il ne prend pas l’art au sérieux, mais il les condamne dans la vie.

Les expériences dangereuses, le monde les accepte dans le domaine de l’art parce qu’il ne prend pas l’art au sérieux, mais il les condamne dans la vie.

Be yourself. The world worships the original.

Be yourself. The world worships the original.

Be yourself. The world worships the original.

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little…

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.

To be moved confuses the soul. One cannot conve…

To be moved confuses the soul. One cannot convey these kinds of memories any more than the events of a dream......if I have complained too long, it is because my memory, no longer having any fixed abode, has to carry its luggage with it.

To be moved confuses the soul. One cannot convey these kinds of memories any more than the events of a dream……if I have complained too long, it is because my memory, no longer having any…

At all costs the true world of childhood must p…

At all costs the true world of childhood must prevail, must be restored; that world whose momentous, heroic, mysterious quality is fed on airy nothings, whose substance is so ill-fitted to withstand the brutal touch of adult inquisition.

At all costs the true world of childhood must prevail, must be restored; that world whose momentous, heroic, mysterious quality is fed on airy nothings, whose substance is so ill-fitted to withstand the brutal touch…

Jeannot la bêtise des amoureux est immense, vég…

Jeannot la bêtise des amoureux est immense, végétale, animale, astrale. Que faire? Comment te faire comprendre que je n'existe plus en dehors de toi.

Jeannot la bêtise des amoureux est immense, végétale, animale, astrale. Que faire? Comment te faire comprendre que je n’existe plus en dehors de toi.

plantitIt will sproutBut forget about the rusti…

plantitIt will sproutBut forget about the rustic festivitiesFor the explosive word falls harmlessly eternal throughthe compact generations

plantitIt will sproutBut forget about the rustic festivitiesFor the explosive word falls harmlessly eternal throughthe compact generations

You’ve never seen death? Look in the mirror eve…

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

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

I suppose the artists invented the firm breasts…

I suppose the artists invented the firm breasts they put on women, and that in reality all women had flabby ones.

I suppose the artists invented the firm breasts they put on women, and that in reality all women had flabby ones.

All spiritual journeys are martyrdoms

All spiritual journeys are martyrdoms

All spiritual journeys are martyrdoms

One of the characteristics of the dream is that…

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.

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.

Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.

Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.

Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.

An original artist is unable to copy. So he has…

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

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

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unco…

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.

Art is science made clear.

Art is science made clear.

Art is science made clear.

Every poem is a coat of arms. It must be deciph…

Every poem is a coat of arms. It must be deciphered. How much blood, how many tears in exchange for these axes, these muzzles, these unicorns, these torches, these towers, these martlets, these seedlings of stars and these fields of blue!

Every poem is a coat of arms. It must be deciphered. How much blood, how many tears in exchange for these axes, these muzzles, these unicorns, these torches, these towers, these martlets, these seedlings of…

The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.

The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.

When I write, I disturb. When I show a film, I …

When I write, I disturb. When I show a film, I disturb. When I exhibit my painting, I disturb, and I disturb if I don't. I have a knack for disturbing.

When I write, I disturb. When I show a film, I disturb. When I exhibit my painting, I disturb, and I disturb if I don’t. I have a knack for disturbing.

A child’s reaction to this type of calamity is …

A child's reaction to this type of calamity is twofold and extreme. Not knowing how deeply, powerfully, life drops anchor into its vast sources of recuperation, he is bound to envisage, at once, the very worst; yet at the same time, because of his inability to imagine death, the worst remains totally unreal to him. Gerard went on repeating: "Paul's dying; Paul's going to die"' but he did not believe it. Paul's death would be part of the dream, a dream of snow, of journeying forever.

A child’s reaction to this type of calamity is twofold and extreme. Not knowing how deeply, powerfully, life drops anchor into its vast sources of recuperation, he is bound to envisage, at once, the very…

Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am tryin…

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

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

The day of my birth, my death began its walk. I…

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

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

Mirrors should think longer before they reflect…

Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.

Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.

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