Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

Jean Cocteau

« All quotes from this author
 

Mirrors would do well to reflect a little more before sending back images.
--
As quoted in Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists (2007) by James Geary, p. 159

 
Jean Cocteau

» Jean Cocteau - all quotes »



Tags: Jean Cocteau Quotes, Authors starting by C


Similar quotes

 

Art is the magic mirror you make to reflect your invisible dreams in visible pictures. You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul. But we who are older use neither glass mirrors nor works of art. We have a direct sense of life. When you gain that you will put aside your mirrors and statues, your toys and your dolls.

 
George Bernard Shaw
 

The air is filled with endless images of the objects distributed in it; and all are represented in all, and all in one, and all in each, whence it happens that if two mirrors are placed in such a manner as to face each other exactly, the first will be reflected in the second and the second in the first. The first being reflected in the second takes to it the image of itself with all the images represented in it, among which is the image of the second mirror, and so, image within image, they go on to infinity in such a manner as that each mirror has within it a mirror, each smaller than the last and one inside the other. Thus, by this example, it is clearly proved that every object sends its image to every spot whence the object itself can be seen; and the converse: That the same object may receive in itself all the images of the objects that are in front of it.

 
Leonardo da Vinci
 

Obviously, the intention was not to go back to images traditionally valued as worthy or holy images and shapes, but exactly the opposite; its main purpose had to be, to realise as sacred art anything which so far had been regarded as of little value and pitiful.(1988)

 
Antoni Tapies
 

I used to live in a room full of mirrors,
All I could see was me.
Then I take my spirit and I smash my mirrors,
And now the whole world is here for me to see,
Now I'm searching for my love to be.

 
Jimi Hendrix
 

Itís to me this evening something has to happen, to my body as in myth and metamorphosis, this old body to which nothing ever happened, or so little, which never met with anything, wished for anything, in its tarnished universe, except for the mirrors to shatter, the plane, the curved, the magnifying, the minifying, and to vanish in the havoc of its images.

 
Samuel Beckett
© 2009–2013Quotes Privacy Policy | Contact