"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."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Jean Cocteau on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Jean Cocteau on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Jean Cocteau on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Jean Cocteau on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Jean Cocteau on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."