"I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Jean Genet on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Jean Genet on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Jean Genet on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Jean Genet on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Jean Genet on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all."
"A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle."
"Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man."
"The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them."
"A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness."