Jean Cocteau Quotes (130 quotes)
“What is line? It is life. A line must live at each point along its course in such a way that the artist's presence makes itself felt above that of the model. With the writer, line takes precedence over form and content. It runs through the words he assembles. It strikes a continuous note unperceived by ear or eye. It is, in a way, the soul's style, and if the line ceases to have a life of its own, if it only describes an arabesque, the soul is missing and the writing dies.”
As quoted in "Jean Cocteau and his world: an illustrated biography" by Arthur King Peters, Vendôme Press, 1986, p. 211 - ISBN: 9780865650688
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Born: July 5, 1889
Died: October 11, 1963 (aged 74)
Occupation: Director, novelist, poet, artist, filmmaker
Bio: Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants terribles, and the films Blood of a Poet, Les Parents terribles, Beauty and the Beast, and Orpheus.
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