Jean Cocteau Quote
“Such is the role of poetry. It unveils, in the strict sense of the word. It lays bare, under a light which shakes off torpor, the surprising things which surround us and which our senses record mechanically.”
Le Secret Professionnel (originally published 1922); later published in Collected Works Vol. 9 (1950) - A Call to Order (1926)
“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
In French: "J'aime les/mes chats parce que j'aime ma maison et qu'ils en deviennent peu à peu l'âme visible." - La revue des deux mondes, Issues 5-8 (1951), p. 568
“An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.”
As quoted in Newsweek (16 May 1955) Variant translation: Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.
“Wealth is an inborn attitude of mind, like poverty. The pauper who has made his pile may flaunt his spoils, but cannot wear them plausibly.”
Les Enfants Terribles translation by Rosamond Lehmann (1929).
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.