Jean Cocteau Quotes

Life is a horizontal fall.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Opium (1929).
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After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Entry for June 7, 1953. Past Tense: Diaries, vol. 2 (1988). Cocteau was writing of Kafka's journal, which he had "read and re-read."
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The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 2 (1947). "Postambule," La Fin du Potomac (1939).
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Poetry is indispensable—if I only knew what for.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Quoted in Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art, ch. 1 (1959).
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The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. Quoted in Roger Shattuck, "A Native Son of Paris," Jean Cocteau and the French Scene (1984).
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