"Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness."
"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known."
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."
"God creates Art by man, having for a tool the human intellect."
"Painting: The art of protecting canvas surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critics."
"The only difference between myself and a madman is that I am not mad."
"Don't ask me what I want to express with my pictures, ask yourself, what they mean to you!"
Cocteau on Artists Speaking
"An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture."
"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
Strand on the Artist's World
"The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep."