Jean Genet was an illustrious French playwright, political activist, essayist, novelist and poet. Prior to taking up writing, he was a vagabond and petty criminal. Some of his major works include ‘The Screens’, The Thief’s Journal’, ‘The Maids’, ‘Our Lady Of The Flowers’, ‘The Balcony’ amongst various others. He was a son of a prostitute and raised by his mother only for seven months before he was put to adoption. Though, he received excellent grades, but he was involved in several petty thefts and also made numerous attempts to run away from home in his childhood. However, once he took up writing, there was no looking back for him. Following are some popular, famous and notable thoughts, opinions and views that the eminent writer shared on thieves, beauty, people, wind, darkness, achieve, youth, success, fame, heroes, deep, universe, strange, history, suicide, audience, violence, ideas, hatred, power, shadow, came, lying and end through his writings, poems, essays, books, novels, plays, work and life. Let us browse through the quotes and thoughts by Jean Genet and see what we can learn from them.
Added to the moral solitude of the murderer comes the solitude of the artist, which can acknowledge no authority, save that of another artist.
Erotic play discloses a nameless world which is revealed by the nocturnal language of lovers. Such language is not written down. It is whispered into the ear at night in a hoarse voice. At dawn it is forgotten.
When I got to the street, I walked boldly. But I was always accompanied by an agonizing thought: the fear that honest people may be thieves who have chosen a cleverer and safer way of stealing.
The Archangel took his role of fucker seriously. It made him sing the Marseillaise, for now he was proud of being a Frenchman and a Gallic cock, of which only males are proud. Then he died in the war.
We are the ink that gives the white page a meaning.
Ariadne in the labyrinth. The most alive of worlds, human beings with the tenderest flesh, are made of marble. I strew devastation as I pass. I wander dead-eyed through cities and petrified populations.