What Chanel Said

In the few minutes I’ve had between obligations and responsibilities this week, I’ve been stealing glances at a book about Coco Chanel. I want to write about her, but I don’t have time tonight, so instead I’m going to give you some quotations from Chanel that I like very much. Here they are:

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

“A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”

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

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

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

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

“Great loves too must be endured.”

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.”

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

“It is always better to be slightly underdressed.”

“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”

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

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”

“Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”

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

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

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

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

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

There you go, thoughts for a Monday night. And here is the paragon of style herself, Coco:

I have a great deal of admiration for her, and hope to write about her later this week. As soon as I can get out from under all these deadlines.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to What Chanel Said

  1. My favorites:

    “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
    “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

    The first is a very Buddhist sentiment. And I tell a variant of the second to my students every year (“You will fail. And that’s okay, as long as you can learn from your failure.”).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s