Cocteau: “What you call arrogance must correspond to what I call ‘lucid pride,’ without which you would not be aware of my tender disposition toward your work. Enthusiasm is one of the highest manifestations of pride. The stronger it is, the more it evinces the value that we instinctively attach to our judgment. Besides, a just pride is the most noble of all honesties, and I detest falsehood.” (in a letter to Stravinsky, 1913)

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