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A collection of quotes and sayings by Jean Genet on prisoner, poems, books, thief’s-journal, maids, love, achieve, elegance, revolution, betrayal, ecstasy and dreams.

45 Notable Quotes By Jean Genet

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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Poet, Film director, Screenwriter, Novelist, Film editor, Military personnel

Born On: December 19, 1910

Died On: April 15, 1986

Born In: Paris

Died At Age: 75

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.
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Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.

Jean Genet

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.

Jean Genet

To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.

Jean Genet

I could not take lightly the idea that people made love without me.

Jean Genet

My heart's in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand's in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught.

Jean Genet

Anyone who hasn't experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing of ecstasy at all.

Jean Genet

If we behave like those on the other side, then we are the other side. Instead of changing the world, all we'll achieve is a reflection of the one we want to destroy.

Jean Genet

They spent their time doing nothing... they let intimacy fuse them.

Jean Genet

Ah those knock-out body fluids: blood, sperm, tears!

Jean Genet

Limited by the world, which I oppose, jagged by it, I shall be all the more handsome and sparkling as the angles which wound me and give me shape are more acute and the jagging more cruel.

Jean Genet

Betrayal is beautiful.

Jean Genet

Added to the moral solitude of the murderer comes the solitude of the artist, which can acknowledge no authority, save that of another artist.

Jean Genet

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.

Jean Genet

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.

Jean Genet

I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty.

Jean Genet

It's a true image, born of a false spectacle.

Jean Genet

The pimp has a grin, never a smile.

Jean Genet

...beauty is the projection of ugliness and by developing certain monstrosities we obtain the purest ornaments.

Jean Genet

Slowly but surly I want to strip her of every kind of happiness as to make a saint of her.

Jean Genet

It's the hour when night breaks away from the day, my dove, let me go.

Jean Genet

On him, under him, with his mouth pressed to hers, he sang to her uncouth songs that moved through her body.

Jean Genet

One can hear all that's going on in the street. Which means that from the street one can hear what's going on in this house.

Jean Genet

First of all, don't mix your hairpins up with mine! You .... Oh! All right, mix your muck with mine. Mix it! Mix your rags with my tatters! Mix it all up. ...

Jean Genet

To write is your last resort when you've betrayed someone.

Jean Genet

The door made the usual, terrifying sound of a door.

Jean Genet

Though they may not always be handsome men doomed to evil posses the manly virtues.

Jean Genet

Anyone who has not experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.

Jean Genet

He did not joke, as the newspapers dared report, for sarcasm is bitter and conceals ferments of despair.

Jean Genet

You must now go home, where everything -- you can be quite sure -- will be falser than here....You must go now. You'll leave by the right, through the alley....

Jean Genet

Would it perturb you to see things as they are? To gaze at the world tranquilly and accept responsibility for your gaze, whatever it might see?

Jean Genet

He already had one foot in the winter of heaven. He was going to be whisked up.

Jean Genet

My heart to my mother, my cock to the whores, my head to the hangman.

Jean Genet

By dint of saying that I'm not alive, I accept the fact that people cease to regard me.

Jean Genet

Even there, intimacy evolved its alchemy. A solemn marble stairway led to corridors covered with red carpets, upon which one moved noiselessly.

Jean Genet

[Y]ou're in a fog. When you circle round, you watch us live. You watch us struggle and you're envious.

Jean Genet

Thereafter, he ennobled shame. He bore it in my presence like a burden, like a tiger clinging to his shoulders, the threat of which imparted to his shoulders a most insolent submissiveness.

Jean Genet

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.

Jean Genet

We are the ink that gives the white page a meaning.

Jean Genet

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.

Jean Genet

What we need is hatred. From it our ideas are born.

Jean Genet

Faggots are the great immoralists.

Jean Genet

Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.

Jean Genet