"Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Jean Cocteau on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Jean Cocteau on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Jean Cocteau on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Jean Cocteau on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Jean Cocteau on Robert Frost
"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."
"An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture."
"Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail."
"Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper."
"Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious."