Jean Cocteau was a French poet, writer, designer and filmmaker best remembered for his 1929 novelLes Enfants Terribles as well as for directing famous films such as 1930's The Blood of a Poet and 1946's Beauty and the Beast.
He was the son of Eugénie Lecomte and Georges Cocteau, who worked as a lawyer. He and actor Jean Marais were in a romantic relationship that lasted from 1937 until his death in 1963. In addition to being his lover, Marais was also his muse.
His father committed suicide when he was nine years old.
He never hid the fact that he was bisexual.
He died of a heart attack. He reportedly suffered the fatal heart attack upon hearing of the sudden death of his close friend singer Édith Piaf.
A film is a petrified fountain of thought.Jean Cocteau
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.Jean Cocteau
After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.Jean Cocteau
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.Jean Cocteau
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.Jean Cocteau
Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.Jean Cocteau
Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.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.Jean Cocteau
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.Jean Cocteau
Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail.Jean Cocteau
Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death.Jean Cocteau
Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.Jean Cocteau
Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live.Jean Cocteau
I am a lie who always speaks the truth.Jean Cocteau
I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?Jean Cocteau
I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.Jean Cocteau
I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another.Jean Cocteau
I love cats because I enjoy my home and little by little, they become its visible soul.Jean Cocteau
Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.Jean Cocteau
Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.Jean Cocteau
The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.Jean Cocteau
The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.Jean Cocteau
The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.Jean Cocteau
The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.Jean Cocteau
The poet doesn't invent. He listens.Jean Cocteau
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.Jean Cocteau
The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.Jean Cocteau
We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?Jean Cocteau
You've never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.Jean Cocteau
was a famous French writer,
who was born on
July 5, 1889. As a person born on this date, Jean Cocteau is listed in our database as the 18th
most popular celebrity for the day (July 5) and the 9th most popular for the year (1889).
People born on July 5
fall under the Zodiac sign of Cancer, the Crab.
Jean Cocteau is the 715th most popular Cancer.
Aside from information specific to Jean Cocteau's birthday, Jean Cocteau is the 158th most famous French.
In general, Jean Cocteau ranks as the 8254th
most popular famous person, and the 235th most popular author / writer / novelist / playwright of all time.
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