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Coco Chanel Quotes

Gabrielle Bonheur

Coco Chanel quotes: late Chanel founder’s fabulous and witty words.

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”

“Strength is built by one’s failures, not by one’s successes.”

“To achieve great things, we must first dream.”

“Innovation!  One cannot be forever innovating.”

“Jump out the window if you are the object of passion.  Flee it if you feel it.  Passion goes, boredom remains.”

“Keep your heels, head, and standards high.”

“If you want to be original, be ready to be copied.”

“The right ingredients can create a legend.”

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty.  Life shapes the face you have at thirty.  But at fifty?  You get the face you deserve.”

“A woman is only as good as the peace and light she radiates.”

“A woman needs independence, not equality.  In most cases, equality is a step down.”

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.”

“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.”

“I don’t care what you think about me.  I don’t think about you at all.”

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  Aloud.”

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty.  It is not.  It is the opposite of vulgarity.”

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

“There are people who have money and people who are rich.”

“It’s not the appearance, it’s the essence.  It’s not the money, it’s the education.  It’s not the clothes, it’s the class.”

“The best things in life are free.  The second-best are very expensive.”

“You can be gorgeous at 30, charming at 40, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”

“Sin can be forgiven, but stupid is forever.”

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love.  Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.  Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.”

“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.”

“A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant.”

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”

“Elegance is refusal.”

“One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.”

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

“I imposed black; it is still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around.”

“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”

“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness.  And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny.  And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body.  A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.”

“Care about your heart and soul first.”

“An interior is the natural projection of the soul.”

“You cannot keep up a nightlife and amount to anything in the day.  You cannot indulge in those foods and liquors that destroy the physique and still hope to have a physique that functions with the minimum of destruction to itself.  A candle burnt at both ends may shed a brighter light, but the darkness that follows is for a longer time.”

“Eat less than you think you want, eat with your intelligence, not your stomach.  Never get up from the table with an inward, silent apology for being a pig.”

“There are no ugly women, only lazy.”

“Good manners on a man are like wearing an exquisite suit.  They never go out of style.”

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.”

“Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.”

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony.  There is time for work.  And time for love.  That leaves no other time!”

“Those who create are rare.”

“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone.  It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong.  And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him.  I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person.  I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love.  The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness.  I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”

“As a young girl, I was very proud at overcoming a reading handicap whilst other girls of my age read abundantly.”

“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”

“I am not young but I feel young.  The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there.  I love life!  I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.”

“I stood up for myself as I always have done.  Nobody has ever told Coco Chanel what to think.”

“I am no longer what I was.  I will remain what I have become.”

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”

“I don’t do fashion, I am fashion.”

“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”

“It’s not houses I love, it’s the life I live in them.”

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

“Adornment, what a science!  Beauty, what a weapon!  Modesty, what elegance!”

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”

“Money for me has only one sound: liberty.”

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to go shopping.”

“May my legend prosper and thrive.  I wish it a long and happy life.”

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