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Diane Von Furstenberg Quotes

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg quotes: on becoming strong, confident, and successful.

“Be in charge of your own life.”

“Passion and persistence are what matter. Dreams are achievable and you can make your fantasy come true, but there are no shortcuts. Nothing happens without hard work.”

“You only regret what you don’t do! Go for it, live your dreams and enjoy it all!”

“Don’t blame your parents, don’t blame your boyfriend, don’t blame the weather. Accept the reality, embrace the challenge, and deal with it. Be in charge of your own life. Turn negatives into positives and be proud.”

“Never, ever, blame others for what befalls you, no matter how horrible it might be. Trust you, and only you, to be responsible for your own life.”

“The important thing is to believe in what you do. Have a big dream and take small steps.”

“I don’t like to talk about my dreams. I like to make them happen. I prefer to talk about them when they’re done.”

“Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in.”

“Attitude is everything.”

“Beware of your thoughts for they become words, beware of your words for they become actions, beware of your actions for they become habits, beware of your habits for they become character, beware of your character for it becomes your destiny.”

“Don’t be afraid of your own strength. Don’t let any of your good habits get boring.”

“When you feel humiliated or things like that, you either use it as fuel to change or you get covered by it.”

“Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.”

“Talent is a very mysterious thing. It comes out of nowhere, you don’t know what it is.”

“Fear is not an option. Don’t dwell on the dark side of things, but look for the light and build around it. If one door closes, look for another one to open. Never, ever, blame others for what befalls you, no matter how horrible it might be. Trust you, and only you, to be responsible for your own life.”

“Being secure about yourself is the main thing. Insecurity is a waste of time. My mother survived Auschwitz, and fear wasn’t an option when we were growing up. If we were afraid of the dark, we were put into the closet until we weren’t. I’m not the only one; most people’s mothers are the most influential person in their life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That’s more important.”

“You can learn a lot from my mistakes—more than my success.”

“Do less but do better. Remember that stress is not progress. The important thing is to take your time and not get stressed.”

“It’s like learning to fall properly. If you can manage not to tighten up you won’t hurt yourself as much. The same theory applies to your day, physically and emotionally. The tensions simply can’t take hold.”

“In all circumstances, I always look for the light and build around it, with little memory of pain.”

“If you doubt your power, you give power to your doubts.”

“I was terrified the first time that I had a big problem in my business. I was obviously terrified when they diagnosed me with cancer in 1994. I was terrified when my son used to drive too fast. But I do believe in the fact that fear is not an option, so I always try to face it and not be afraid.”

“I believe in karma. I think you make your own karma.”

“If you pay attention, everyone is a novel. The most boring person, if you sit down and really listen, is someone interesting.”

“That wonderful and terribly frightening journey of self-discovery. That process of growth, of being an independent person, of learning who you are and what you want from life, is the real secret of life, happiness and beauty.”

“Eighteen months before I was born, my mother was in Auschwitz. She weighed 49 pounds. She always told me that God saved her so she could give me life. I was born out of nothing.”

“I never modeled myself after anyone. The person who had most influence on me was my mother, but it was really for her strength and courage more than her style, even though she had a lot of style. I haven’t changed very much.”

“I was a very young girl and I got into fashion very much by accident, wanting to be independent.”

“I didn’t do anything until I was 22. You know, I used to be very, very lazy, and then once I got going, I didn’t stop. That feeling of gaining my independence and wanting it for every woman is what gave me the drive.”

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become.”

“I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life—and I became that woman.”

“The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself. And then after that, I’d say once you have that, it may be hard work, but you can actually design your life.”

“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”

“My best friend is me, and I take good care of me. I was fortunate to become the woman I always wanted to be.”

“The success of every single woman is the inspiration for another.”

“I’ve always been inspired by women, and my mission was to inspire women. I always wanted to become a certain kind of woman and I became that woman through fashion. It was a dialogue. I would see that the wrap dress made those women confident, and made them act with confidence.”

“What’s important to me is to share, and being inspired, and inspiring.”

“The real story is that I am very free, that I’ve managed to be who I wanted to be without compromising.”

“What is style? It is an effortless confidence in being yourself, it is a way of putting yourself together according to your mood and what you want to project.”

“Character. Intelligence. Strength. Style. That makes beauty.”

“Beauty is perfect, in its imperfections. So you just have to go with the imperfections. My face carries all my memories. Why would I erase them?”

“As a founder, you have an authenticity and a human factor that is really special and that gives an enormous amount of energy and fuel.”

“I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything.”

“I was lucky because I got so successful so early, and when you get successful early, then you can afford to be a little bit humble.”

“Generosity is the best investment.”

“If you’re a good person, the goodness will continue through your descendants.”

“Landscapes change, people come and go, but all the landscapes, all the experiences, all the people weave into your life’s fabric. Love is about moments of intimacy, paying attention to others, connecting. As you learn love is everywhere, you find it everywhere.”

“God has saved my life so that I can give you life. As my mother told me, if you save one life, it begins a dynasty. The life you save can save another, so one life is never too small.”

“I think living is serious. Living well, accepting yourself, using your talents to the fullest, enjoying yourself, that’s all serious and important.”

“The older you get, the more you should learn to love life and appreciate the beauty that comes with age.”

“For me, traveling and living are the same. How you travel is a symbol of your life.”

“Nature is a source of strength.”

“It’s not about going to a party. It’s life as a party.”

“What you eat is everything. What you eat is what you are.”

“Be proud of yourself. Try to eat well and when you cheat, enjoy it!”

“I was lucky enough to have it all. To be successful in business, to have children, to raise them on my own, and to travel and live my life. It was a lot of work, but it’s a privilege to have been able to do it.”

“I think the most important thing is to be in a good mood and enjoy life, wherever you are.”

“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.”

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