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Jean Cocteau Quotes

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There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard.

True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.

Understand that some of your enemies are amongst your best friends.

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?

We shelter an angel within us. We must be the guardians of that angel.

Wealth is an inborn attitude of mind, like poverty. The pauper who has made his pile may flaunt his spoils, but cannot wear them plausibly.

What is history after all? History is facts which become lies in the end; legends are lies which become history in the end.

What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.

Whatever the public blames you for, cultivate it; it is yourself.

When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.

You've never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.

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