There are truths which one can only say after having won the right to say them.
The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.
I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another.
The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.
I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.
Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail.
The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.
If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.
Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live.
Commissions suit me. They set limits. Jean Marais dared me to write play in which he would not speak in the first act, would weep for joy in the second and in the last would fall backward down a flight of stairs.
The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.
Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort.
I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
It is not I who become addicted, it is my body.
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.